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JANUARY 7, 1950 


World Afffi 

P-r. Louis T. Talbot (left), president of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and Dr. Paul R. Bauman, executive 
vice-president of Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, wave to the crowds as they take ofT on the first lap 
of their air trip around the world to visit missions and missionaries in a score of foreigr lands. 

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Editor, Foreign Mission Number 


As all our readers know by this time, Dr. Louis T. 
Talbot, president of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 
and Dr. Paul R. Bauman, of Grace Seminary, are on a 
trip around the world, chiefly in the interest of Chris- 
tian missions. Dr. Bauman is making the trip at the 
urgent invitation of Dr. Talbot, who furnished him with 
an around-the-world Pan American World Airways 
Ticket. Paul has a very important part of the job — 
taking the pictures of the entire trip. Pictures, still and 
moving, are being taken of the scenes they are witness- 
ing, and will be shown later on in lecture engagements 
here at home. Dr. Talbot's story of the trip is being 
told by radio out of Los Angeles, and for the readers of 
The King's Business, published in Los Angeles. 

After consulting with Brother Taber, Editor of The 
Brethren Missionary Herald, we have thought the story 
of the trip would be of real interest to our readers. Un- 
til the arrival of Dr. Bauman in the homeland (about 
January 20th), the story will have to be gleaned from 
letters to his family, after which he will take over the 
task of telling the story to its conclusion. One such 
article has already been published. Another is pre- 
sented in this issue of the magazine. 

Our cover picture shows them "taking ofT" on a Pan 
American Air Liner, from Los Angeles, on September 
12th. Quite a bit of amusement was created among 
their friends who went to "see them off," when it was 
announced in the airport station, over the loud-speaker: 
"Dr. Paul R. Bauman and Miss Louise Talbot will 
please get aboard their plane!" Dr. Talbot exclaimed: 
"Oh, I'll never be able to live this down!" 

Up to the story as given herein, they had visited 
Hawaii, Wake Island, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, 
Java, Siam, and we now leave them in Borneo. The 
story of their travel will continue through India, Iraq, 
Trans- Jordan, Damascus, Palestine, Egypt, Athens, 
Rome, France, Spain, England, and on to New York. 
As this material is being prepared for the Herald they 
are in Jerusalem, en route to Bethlehem for Christ- 
mas Eve. 


The Brethren Church is standing face to face with 
destiny! Has she been born for one brief day? Is hers 
to be a meteoric flash across the growing darkness of 
this apostate night, or is she a lighthouse bolted down 
fast upon the granite Rock against which the raging 
billows of apostasy and unbelief will foam out their 
wrath in vain — a lighthouse shining forth the glory of 
the great salvation for all men until Jesus comes? 

January 15th, 1950! It is the sincere conviction of 

this editor that the offering taken for Grace Seminary 
on January 15th is going to be the most significant 
offering ever taken in the Brethren Church! The need 
of Grace Seminary in this hour is great — yes, it is des- 
perate, for as never before she is asking for our strong 
support of her building program, and still at the same 
time must ask for even stronger support in the matter 
of her current expenses. If the Brethren Church in this 
hour will answer the call, and meet both these needs, 
her future is assured. But should we fail — well, what 
then? Think it through. Brethren, and then give as 
those should give who lay their offerings into the prints 
of the nails in the hands that were pierced for them. 


Your Foreign Missionary Editor was agreeably sur- 
prised at the reaction to his editorial, "I am Concerned." 
If our brethren in the faith will back up their words 
with deeds, it will be a long, long time before the Breth- 
ren Church will be allowed to slip away from her an- 
cient moorings, and delete from the message of the 
Brethren ministry the time-honored doctrine of non- 
resistance. Unpopular as that doctrine may be in this 
bloody and unregenerate world — well, the Brethren 
Church was not brought into the world to please the 
world. The Brethren Church was born to "earnestly 
contend for the faith which was once for all delivered 
unto the saints" (Jude 3, A.S.V.), and, if once we com- 
promise that faith on one point, we have opened wide 
the door to compromise on all of it, and the Brethren 
Church will have no reason for her continued existence 
on the face of the earth. 

Here are several samples of the comments that we 
have been receiving, not one of which challenges our 

"Just read your editorial in the last issue of the Her- 
ald. It hits the nail right square on the head. I com- 
mead you for the clear manner in which you presented 
the issue. I appreciate this article very much. ... It 
is time to either take it out of 'The Message of the 
Brethren Ministry,' or refuse ordination to any not 
believing in it. ... I think that this issue and that of 
divorce and re-marriage are the two issues pressing 
in the Brethren Church this year." 

Again: "I just read your comment in the editorial 
page of the Brethren Missionary Herald relating to non- 
resistance. It thrilled my heart to have you point this 
danger out. ... I don't believe in a two-faced attitude 
toward any doctrine of the Christian faith. . . . Person- 
ally I think that this matter should be thoroughly dis- 
cussed at the proper time and place, and that before 
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the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 
If it isn't, then within less than a generation the Breth- 
ren Church will no longer be a noncombatant church. 
To me, this is no small matter, and urgently needs 
action. Please pardon me for troubling you with this 
matter, but your comment struck a responsive chord in 
my heart, and I just couldn't refrain from writing." 

These two comments came from men whose opinions 
bear weight in our beloved church. We have heard it 
reported that Grace Seminary is weak in its teaching on 
the subject of non-resistance. We looked into the mat- 
ter, and have the assurance that this is anything but 
true. One professor, even Dr. Hoyt, says for himself: 
"I am perfectly willing to stand any kind of examination 
before the students I have taught these past four ses- 
sions on this matter. I feel certain that there can be 
only one verdict, and that is that I not only taught the 
Brethren position on war, but also I did so with con- 

"The Message of the Brethren Ministry" still lives be- 
cause the Word of God still lives! The power of that 
message can only fail when God's Word shall fail! 
Brethren, let us make no apologies for it. Preach it — 
everlastingly preach it! Our cause can only fail when 
you no longer believe it — no longer teach it — no longer 
preach it! 


The newspapers report that the Detroit Camp of Gid- 
eons requested permission from the Board of Education 
of the city of Detroit to allow them to present copies of 
the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs to all 
students from the 5th to the 12th grades that would 
accept them. It is reported that the request was "unani- 
mously refused," and that the refusal was based on the 
grounds that the Bible is a "sectarian" book, and that 
such a presentation would be contrary to the decisions 
of nearly all the courts that have passed on this issue. 

Now, for stigmatizing the Bible as being a "sectarian" 
book, if Christ and Paul were right, and "all scripture is 
given by inspiration of God" (II Tim. 3:16), then to God 
the members of the Board of Education in Detroit must 
some day answer for the putting of His Word on a level 
with the Vedas of the Hindoos, the Koran of the Mos- 
lems, and other heathen works. Spiritual truth becomes 
a mere ignus fatuus — a jack-o'-lantern that leads man- 
kind exactly nowhere. 

Old Andrew Jackson, dying, was visited by some of 
the dignitaries of state. History records that he pointed 
to a Bible in his room, and said, "That Book, gentle- 
men, is the rock on which our Republic rests." Does our 
Republic rest upon a lie? Every President of our Re- 
public from its beginning has paid a similar tribute to 
the Book of books. Were they all wrong? The man 
who now sits in the White House recently said. "Our 
forebears were a people who read one book. Happily 
for them and for us, that book was the Bible. From 
earliest childhood through all the years to advanced 
age, it was for them the source of amazing fortitude, the 
fountain of peaceful and lasting spiritual energy. 

"The Bible is the book that guided the souls and 
molded the hearts of generations of good men and 
valiant women. It became the rock on which rested the 
everlasting reality of religion. . . . Never was a weary 
world more in need of the message which the Bible alone 
could bring to nations rent by anger, hatred, and ill-will. 

"May God continue to bless and increase the reading 
of His Word." 

In the light of the words of the Chief Magistrate of 
our nation, what are we to think of the action of this 
Detroit Board of Education? 

As a matter of fact, the prison law of the State of 
Michigan reads, "The chaplain shall hold religious serv- 
ices in the prison, and he shall attend to the spiritual 
wants of the convicts, he shall give the convicts moral 
and religious instruction, and he shall, at the state ex- 
pense, furnish a Bible to each convict." The Christian 
Statesman, the official organ of the National Reform 
Association, founded in 1863, comments: "Bibles fur- 
nished the convicts in prisons by the State and given 
religious instruction by chaplains paid for by the State, 
but the State's youth in her schools must not be given 
this same book, even though presented as a gift! This 
doesn't make sense!" 


One is made to marvel, if not to become thoroughly 
disgusted, at the stupidity of men — not the stupidity of 
guttersnipes down on Skid Row, but the stupidity of 
the "doctors" of all breeds, and of those who boast of a 
super-abundance of gray matter in their craniums, when 
we see them standing face to face with many of the vital, 
yet every-day, problems of mankind. Sometimes when 
we hear them propound and expound on problems of 
simplest solution, we can understand why the Holy 
Ghost placed so low an estimate on human wisdom, and 
caused Paul to cry out: "Hath not God made foolish the 
wisdom of this world?" (I Cor. 1:20). 

On December 1st, the governor of California called a 
conference of law enforcement officers "to explore the 
problems of sex crimes" in that State. On the same day 
the State of Michigan called into session a 20-member 
"commission to study the methods of controlling crim- 
inal sex deviates." All over the nation other organiza- 
tions, commissions, and committees are being formed 
for the same purpose. "Father" Richards, of Saginaw, 
Michigan, head of the commission in that State, told the 
members of the commission that it is their "major job" 
to "find means of expediting discovery of potential sex 
criminals, perfect a method for their segregation, and 
discover methods of treatment to permit rehabilitation." 
This commission began its work in Lansing on the 29th 
day of November. 

Now, we do not want to pre-judge this commission, 
but it will be interesting to watch their work as they 
tackle the job. We will hazard a guess that about the 
first proposal it will consider will be the establishment 
of a "neuropsychiatric clinic" or some other institution 
bearing a big name which will mean nothing to the 
average human being. 

Now, any schoolboy bearing a normal thinking appa- 
ratus on his shoulders, could at once tell these learned 
"fathers," and "doctors," and "statesmen" just where 
to begin their activities if they are not going to spend 
their time getting exactly nowhere! The best way to 
deal with the problem of sex criminality is to stop the 
processes whereby sex criminals are made. Just so 
long as sexy females are allowed to flaunt their naked- 
ness in public places — just so long as so-called "ladies" 
continue to shove forth their physical charms, artificial 
and otherwise for the express purpose of attracting the 
lascivious gaze of weak-minded males^ust so long as 
the movies are peiTnitted to commercialize giddy and 
immature youth by revolving their scenes around sex — 
just so long as merchants cannot advertise a pair of 
stockings without sticking a pair of shapely legs into 

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them — just so long as conscienceless newspapers con- 
tinue to roll in their Ul-begotten gains by printing these 
suggestive ads for youth to pore over — just so long as 
tons upon tons of cheap, trashy, putrid books continue to 
be exposed for sale in almost every drugstore and big 
department store — just so long as our leading magazines 
are allowed to spread the forms of shapely but soulless 
young females all over their front covers — just so long 
as these magazines and books continue to emphasize and 
magnify sex — just so long as the sexy stars of Hollywood 
continue to furnish American youth with its gods and 
goddesses for worship — just so long as the lords of the 
radio world continue to glorify these sex-driven god- 
desses — just so long as the human mass loves sex, thinks 
sex, magnifies sex, revels in sex, worships sex — just so 
long will sex criminals be created a hundred times more 
rapidly than all your learned physicians of every stripe 
can discover, segregate, rehabilitate, or execute them. 

There is no guesswork about it. It was David who 
confessed out of a bitter experience: "When I was mus- 
ing the fire burned!" And the things we have named 
will cause even the strongest minded among normal men 
to muse. And when hot youth, or hot manhood, begins 
to muse along those pathways, no commissioners on 
earth, no legislators who ever lived can control those 
flames. Why beat about the bush? Let the truth be 
told. Will these commissioners have the courage to go 
to the root of the matter and tell the people the truth? 
Teachers can teach, and preachers can preach, and re- 
foi-mers can reform, and doctors can doctor, and legis- 
lators can legislate, and prisons can imprison, but just 
so long as sex-rot is allowed to be sold over the counter 
at every corner, no nation has enough detectives to de- 
tect its potential sex criminals, nor enough jails to in- 
carcerate them if detected, nor enough remedial insti- 
tutions to rehabilitate them. 

After all, the eternal God who created man, who 
knows what is in man, and who knows more in ten sec- 
onds what fallen humanity needs for its rehabilitation 
than all the doctors of earth know in a thousand years — 
that God hath spoken: "WHEREWITHAL SHALL A 

The fathers and mothers of America will either take 
their children and return to the house of God which 
they have all but forsaken: they will either take their 
boys and girls from the sexy shows and return them to 
the old-fashioned Sunday school where God's Word is 
hid in their hearts; the nation will either put the Bible 
back into the schoolroom where it was when America 
arose to the moral and physical leadership of the world; 
or America will follow the great empires before her to 
the graveyard of the nations, there to rot with Babylon, 
with Greece, with Rome, and with every other nation 
that bartered the virtue of her womanhood for gold and 
reveled in the licentiousness of an over-sexed age. ScofT 
at it if you wUl, but you will either do this, or your 
streets wUl more and more become pathways whereon 
ravenous wolves will lie in wait for your wives, your 
daughters, and your sweethearts, and you will continue 
to gather from your fields and roadways the battered 
and outraged bodies of little boys and girls. Ask the 
historian of the centuries if it is not even so! 


No wonder the Roman Catholic Church has hated and 
burned the Bible! There are many reasons — chief 
among them the fact that that church is so vividly pic- 

tured as "the great whore" of Revelation 17. Absolutely 
no other organization fits so perfectly into the picture 
drawn by the Spirit of God, and recorded by the Apostle 
John. No other power could possibly dominate ("ride") 
the Antichrist ("the beast") when he comes on the 
scene at the close of "the times of the Gentiles." And 
gradually, but surely, the "harlot" is crawling up into 
the saddle of political power. There is scarcely any 
effective power to oppose her any more, except (strange 
to say) the great northern bear — Russia. Doubtless, 
the "harlot" is a more dangerous enemy to "the faith 
which was once for all delivered unto the saints" than 
is the bear. 

The number of Catholics in our once strong Protestant 
country now has reached the appalling total of 26,718,- 
343 members, being an increase of 642,646 members over 
last year, according to the Official Catholic Directory of 
1949. Chicago leads the way with a Catholic member- 
ship of 1,657, 669. Boston follows with a membership of 
1,283,232. New York stands third with a Roman Cath- 
olic host numbering 1,256,269. The only other archdio- 
cese passing the one-million mark is Philadelphia, where 
the membership is 1,031,866. 

Our Lord significantly asked, "When the Son of man 
Cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8). 
Apparently He wiU find a lot of it if Roman Catholicism 
is of "the faith which was once for all delivered unto the 
saints." But Rome is the very antithesis of the Chris- 
tian faith. Verily, "as it was in the days of Noe, so shall 
it be also in the days of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26). 
Only eight souls entered the ark! As a matter of fact, 
when "the harlot" shall ride "the beast" to the zenith of 
her power, her sure end will come with awful sudden- 

And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, 
these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate 
a7id naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with 
fire (Rev. 17:16). 

Such will be the awful end of this great apostate 
church. So, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's 
good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32)1 


"Thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most 
high over all the earth" (Psa. 83:18). 

Verily, history eloquently testifies that the prayer of 
David has been abundantly answered by the God of 

By miracle after miracle, the hand of God has saved 
Israel from annihilation. One more miracle awaits the 
hands of Israel's God — the miracle of the nail-pierced 

"And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced 
. . . And one shall say unto him. What are these wounds 
in thine hands? Then he shall answer. Those with which 
I was wounded in the house of my friends" (Zech. 12:10: 
13:6). And then, like Thomas, "thev shall say. The Lord 
is my God" (Zech. 13:9; cf. John 20:24-29). 

And then, after their marvelous conversion, the mir- 
acle people shall themselves perform the miracle for 
which all mankind is w^aiting — the miracle of leading the 
nations to bow at the feet of the Prince of Peace, so long 
rejected of men. In that day, as a signal of final and 
lasting victory, the shofar will sound for the last time, 
and all that which is written shall be fulfilled: 

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts: In those days it shall 
come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all 

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"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a re- 
proach to any people" (Prov. 14:34). 

"The word of Jehovah . . . 

"Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants 
of the land. Hath this been in your days, or in the days 
of your fathers? . . . 

"Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and wail, all ye 
drinkers of wine . . . for a nation is come up upon my 
land, strong, and without number; his teeth are the teeth 
of a lion. . . . Alas for the day! for the day of Jehovah is 
at hand, and as destruction from the Almighty shall it 
come. . . . Blow ye the trumpet . . . sound an alarm . . . 
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble . . . for it is 
nigh at hand . . . Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye 
unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with 
weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and 
not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God; for 
he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant 
in lovingkindness . . . Let the priests, the ministers of 
Jehovah, weep between the porch and the altar, and let 
them say, Spare thy people, O Jehovah, and give not thy 
heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over 
them: wherefore should they say among the peoples, 
Where is their God? Then was Jehovah jealous for his 
land, and had pity on his people. . . . And I will no 
more make you a reproach among the nations; but I will 
remove far off from you the northern army, and will 
drive it into a land barren and desolate . . . for Jehovah 
hath done great things . . . And I will restore to you the 
years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and 



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the caterpillar . . . And ye shall know . . . that I am 
Jehovah your God, and there is none else; and my people 
shall never be put to shame." — Joel (A.S.V.). 



General Fund 

Church, Leesburg, Ind $10.00 

Bethany Evangelical Free Church, Madison, Wis. 10.00 
Alexander Mack Group, Johnstown. Pa. (Power 

Unit) 100.00 

Detwiler, Edna M., Ridgely, Md 3.00 

Lichty, Ruth, Pasadena, Calif 5.00 


Churchill Fund — 

W. M. C, Long Beach, CaUf. (1st)— Outfit 55.00 

Dowdy Fund — 
D. V. B. S.. Washington, D. C— Special gift for 
Robert Luis Dowdy 34.02 

Goodman Fund — 

Youth Rally, Central District 40.77 

Church, Dallas Center, Iowa 23.62 

Church, San Bernardino. Calif 15.00 

Church. La Verne, Calif 25.00 

W. M. C, Northern Ohio District 5.00 

Sr. Y. P. C. E., Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 23.75 


Miller Fund — 

Church, Washington, D. C— Outfit 62.26 

Bauman, Dr. and Mrs. L. S., Washington, D. C. — 

Outfit 50.00 

Church, Philadelphia, Pa. (1st) — Outfit 32.25 

Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. — Outfit 31.45 

Church, Sterling, Ohio — Outfit 15.29 

Church. Ashland, Ohio (W. 10th) — Outfit 14.00 

Church, Dayton. Ohio (1st)— Outfit 50.00 

Church, Peru, Ind. Outfit 13.29 

Church, Sharpsville, Ind.— Outfit 5.50 


Munn Fund — 

Church, Rittman, Ohio 50.00 

Roy Snyder Fund 
Church, Mundy's Corner, Pa. — Outfit 42.00 


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languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the 
skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: 
for we have heard that God is with you" (Zech. 8:23)! 
Then, and not before, men "shall beat their swords into 
plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation 
shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they 
learn war any more" (Isa. 2:4). Then "the earth shall 
be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover 
the sea . . . and his rest shall be glorious" (Isa. 11:9, 10). 
Then shall the now-sorrowing, dictator-ridden, Satan- 
enslaved peoples of the earth forever "obtain joy and 
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isa. 
35:10). Sound, O last great shofar, sound! 

Church, Johnstown, Pa.— Outfit 60.13 

Church, Altoona, Pa.— Outfit 40.25 

Church, Juniata. Pa.— Outfit 18.41 

Church, Philadelphia, Pa. (1st)— Outfit 91.00 

Suvney Fund — 

Church, Waynesboro, Pa.— Outfit 82.25 

Church, Philadelphia, Pa. (1st)— Outfit 45.59 

Church, Leamersville. Pa. — Outfit 46.99 

Gifts Outside the F. M. S.—Hamlett, Miss 
Gerry (Africa) — 
S. S. and C. E., Whittier, Calif 

Grand Total 




January 7, 1950 



Work Amongst the Children in Rio Cuarto 

By MRS. LYNN SCHROCK, Rio Cuarto, Argentina 

In the month of July the Lord made possible for the 
Mission to have the ministry of Miss Krieger, the Ar- 
gentine representative for the child evangelism move- 
ment. Truly her visit proved to be a godsend in help- 
ing us get children's classes started, and thus having an 
entrance into suburbs where we might never have been 
able to enter. 

In Rio Cuarto alone we now have five new children's 
classes, making a total of eight. Through these classes 
we are reaching children the majority of whom have 
never come to the Culto, and many who never will until 
they reach the age in which they can make decisions for 
themselves. Many of these children have made profes- 
sion of faith. Time will tell the story as to the fruit of 
these decisions, but we know that there is the evidence 
in the case of some. 

These classes have proven to be a spiritual awakening, 
in part, in our midst. The young people realize their 
responsibility of bearing a real testimony for the Lord, 
thus proving to be the means of consecrated lives. Also 

Children of Argentina 

in some cases the children themselves are growing in 
grace in that they are inviting their playmates, thus 
making a stand definitely for the Lord. 

The purpose of this article is not only to let you know 
that we have these classes, but to let you in on some of 
the problems that are faced in getting them started. 
Therefore, I will recount a few of the instances for you. 

First we will visit the class in the home of the abuela 
(grandmother). This is not a new class. It was held in 
the former annex of the church. Since the doing away 
with the annex, we have put the class in the abuela's 
home. It is in an immoral section, and also a very Cath- 
olic suburb. In this section there is a Catholic orphan- 
age; the bishop's home is not too far from her home; and 
right across the street from her is what they call the 
Buen Pastor, a home for fallen girls that is under the 
direction of the nuns. 

So you can see this would not be an easy section to 
work. But in spite of the human handicaps the Lord 
has raised up a nice group of children. The average at- 

tendance of the class is from 10 to 17 children. Two of 
the Institute girls now take charge of this class. The 
majority of the children have accepted the Lord, so that 
they have been able to teach them to pray, witness, and, 
by giving little awards in various forms, to memorize 
the Word. They say that many times they hear the chil- 
dren singing the choruses they have taught them while 
playing on the street, waiting for the class to begin. 

There is one case in particular that I wish to mention 
to you. It is the case of Miguel and Maria Esther. They 
are brother and sister, having been left by their mother 
who is a very immoral woman, and now live with their 
grandmother. This grandmother is a very cruel woman, 
and when she punishes them, does it in a way as though 
they were animals. How well I remember one Sunday 
morning Maria was called from the class by her grand- 
mother for the purpose of punishing her for something or 
other. At first she didn't want to believe the children 
when they told her the grandmother was calling. And 
then realizing that she had to go, begged one of the little 
girls to go with her. She went with tears in her eyes 
and trembling. When their uncle is in the house, they 
aren't able to go to the classes, as he is very much op- 
posed to the Gospel. But he is very seldom there. The 
girls say they have seen a change in these children, and 
we can only trust that He who hath begun a good work 
in them will complete it. 

We will go on to another school that is in another sec- 
tion of the city. It is in this home where the Lord has 
seen fit to bless in the adult meetings with many deci- 
sions for Him. Dona Juana certainly is a wonderful 
worker for the Lord and does it not to bring glory to 
herself, but to Him who deserves all the glory and 
praisel In this section the trouble is the caretaker of 
the school. She threatens the parents, with permission 
of the priests, by saying that the devil is in this class, 
and that we don't believe in the Virgin Mary, the saints, 
nor God. When the gii-ls do their personal work in 
rounding up the children for the class, she goes right 
behind them threatening these homes. Many times shp 
is at the corner of the home of Doiia Juana when it is 
time for the school to begin, with the purpose of keeping 
the children from entering into the class. The Lord has 
not let this woman keep all the children from hearing 
His message. 

Octavio comes from a very poor home. The father is 
a drunkard and the mother is one of the filthiest women 
that I have ever seen. They don't use soap and water. 
When he first went to the class he was so timid and 
afraid that he would always try to run away. A pair of 
shoes was given to him. His mother sent him to the class 
with them on. but within a little time he had them off as 
he wasn't used to wearing shoes. He would always try 
to start a fight in the class, thus causing much disturb- 
ance and a problem for the girls. One day the Lord 
touched his heart, and he accepted Him. Now he listens 
better and wants to please the Lord. The girls had been 
giving the lessons on the Christian's two natures. One 
Sunday he came downhearted, and they asked him if 
the old man had the victory. He said, "yes," in that he 
had hit one of the children of the class. They asked if 

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he had asked the Lord to forgive. Then he smOed, say- 
ing, "yes," that he did that very thing. 

Now we will visit one of the new classes. In this sec- 
tion we would call it the middle class of people. It is in 
the home of one of our faithful families. They have an 
average of nine children. The opposition has been very 
great here. The first class looked as though they were 
going to have a wonderful school. But that was because 
the mothers didn't know yet what the class was. There 
were 14 out for this class. There were decisions made 
for the Lord, too, and right after the class one of the 
boys said that he hadn't told his mother the truth about 
where he was going and now he had to do it. Already he 
had realized that this was not pleasing to the Lord. 

The word soon got around to the mothers, and the 
next week the class took a drop. Fernando, the son of 
the house, passed through some trying times and testing 
times for his faith, but the Lord is blessing him for stay- 
ing true to Him. All of his boy friends have left him 
alone in this class, but underneath it all the boys really 
would like to go to the class, but their mothers won't 
let them. At the hour of the class they have them all in 
the house. On either side where the class is held the 
neighbors are strongly Catholic. The women of these 
houses are at their doors at the hour of the class to try 
to chase the children away. 

So the Bohers have to have someone stationed at the 
door an hour before the class begins to keep them from 
hindering the children. One of the little girls who ac- 
cepted the Lord has a brother who is studying to be a 
priest. This little girl lives with her married brother 
and sister-in-law who come to the Culto once in a great 
while. Her parents live in the country. They heard of 
her going to the class and thus made it so that she had 
to be home for a while. Then her brother wrote her a 
letter saying she was committing sin to leave the reli- 
gion of her parents. Of course, being so young, the little 
one has been frightened, and now has left the class. 

We will go to another new school in a very bad, im- 
moral section — so bad that we never let the young girls 
who live there go home alone after evening services. 

We have the school in the home of one of the girls whose 
parents at one time came to the Culto, but have left. 
The father has left the things of the Lord completely, so 
much so that he is doing all he can to keep her from 
coming. He doesn't impede the school in their home. 
At the beginning of these classes the priests began to 
have doctrine classes. However, in spite of it, for the 
first class the girls had 21. They say that in all they 
have reached 60 children, though they have never had 
more than 21 at one time. Though the number has gone 
down they have managed to have a goodly number. 

One Sunday in the midst of the class, the priest that 
has these doctrine classes walked into the class. He 
looked at the planks that they had for the children to sit 
on and said, "My, what nice benches you have! Oh, you 
teach from the Bible? How nice!" All of this was said 
in sarcasm. A bit after this it came out in a Catholic 
paper that the parents shouldn't send their children to 
this class, naming the girl's family. This didn't seem to 
affect the class too badly, but of late they (Catholics) 
have begun to have games for the children, processions, 
and other things, doing all in their power at the same 
hour of the class to keep the children from going. We 
have to believe it would be their greatest joy for us 
to quit. 

From this you can see the problems that there are in 
reaching the children with the Gospel. Those who do 
accept the Lord face much persecution, not only in their 
homes, but also in the schools from their playmates and 
teachers. In the classes of religion they receive low 
grades so that they can't pass, for attending these classes. 

Does all this pay? Yes, the Lord's Word is true down 
through the ages to "Suffer the little children to come 
unto me," and again, and "whosoever shall receive this 
child in my name receiveth me." And again, "It is not 
the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of 
these little ones should perish." Does it pay? Not 
counting the Sunday school here in the center, we are 
reaching at least 50 children with the Gospel, and this 
message is entering into their homes. Yes, it does pay 
to give the Gospel by means of these classes! 



"All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; 
unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they 
return again" (Eccl. 1:7). 

The mighty rivers of the Amazon system are unique 
among the rivers of the world. In addition to many 
smaller rivers there are 15 tributaries, each of which is 
more than 1,000 miles long. The mighty weight of this 
tremendous volume of water almost refuses to give up 
its own identity and penetrates the ocean itself for 200 
miles. The mouth of the Amazon spews out two-fifths 
of the drainage water of all South America, gathering it 
from an area almost as large as the United States. Six 
countries contribute water to this great drainage system. 

Present-day geologists are experts at stating vague 
theories and speculations with such a ponderous air 

*The Amazon is regarded as one of the noblest rivers in the world. 
Ocean navigation ascends it for 2.200 miles. It comprises about 
100,000 miles of waterway, of which 30,000 miles can be navigated by 
steamers. — L. S. B. 

of authority that the reader or hearer takes them to be 
facts. In explaining the background and history o£ the 
Amazon basin, this ability is tested to the utmost. "In 
all probability," "it is thought," and "there is evidence," 
are expressions which are worn threadbare in an attempt 
to explain the formation of the Amazon valley. To it has 
been attributed every condition known to exist on the 
earth — from desert to ocean bed and from ice-cap to 
steaming hothouse. 

One often hears and reads about the great breadth of 
the Amazon River, some writers putting it as great as 
200 miles. This, however, requires a great deal of ex- 
planation. At no place is this great width apparent. The 
river is filled with islands so that it seems as if both 
banks of the river are in plain sight all the time. It is 
only as one looks down a channel between the islands 
that any great expanse of v/ater is to be seen. From the 
air both the north and south main channels can be seen. 

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but in between it looks more like hundreds of little 
rivers, twisting and turning in every direction, rather 
than a big river with islands in it. 

The jungle grows right down to the edge of the river 
and the branches of some of the giant trees hang out 
over the water. Other growth comes up out of the 
water so that one is confronted with an almost impen- 
etrable wall. Landings have been cut out and small 
clearings made in which people build their houses. 
Naturally, under such conditions, human life and com- 
merce moves on the surface of the water, not on the 
land. Small boats are everywhere. 

One who is used to the clean, open, sweet-smellLng 
forests of the western part of the United States, or the 
beautiful wooded sections of the east and south, will 
view with a cynical eye the so-called exotic and fab- 
ulous beauties of the Amazon jungle. The ground is 
damp and mouldy, the trees tortured and twisted. Vines 
and slimy creeping things grow everywhere, reminding 
one of snakes and lizards. There is very little color ex- 
cept various shades of green. There may be beautiful 
orchids and tropical plants, but they are swallowed up 
in the somber half-light under the trees. In one two- 

hour trip in a small boat I saw only one colorful plant. 
This was a red-and-white thing looking much like a 
worn-out whisk broom dyed red at the tip end and 
shading off into white where it was attached to the plant. 

The lower Amazon is a very light yellow color from the 
tremendous amount of silt it is carrying. Not only does 
it carry silt but the garbage and refuse of the people 
living along its banks. One is warned against using the 
water even for washing your teeth. The water is luke- 
warm and a swim, instead of being invigorating and re- 
freshing, leaves one enervated and sticky. 

This great body of water serves to act as a tempering 
agent for the hot tropical sun, however, and each evening 
cooling breezes blow over the land. At night, sleeping 
in a hammock slung on an open boat out in the river, it 
is possible to become thoroughly chilled unless pro- 
tected by blankets. 

Another missionary and I left Belem on a river boat 
recently and journeyed far up the Tocantins River, our 
object being to determine how best we could reach the 
people with the Gospel. Our experiences wUl form the 
basis of several articles to appear in forthcoming issues 
of the Herald. 



THE SHELDONS wrote from Takou, French West 
Africa, on December 6: "Here, even though there is no 
wharf, a large locomotive and two tank cars were 
loaded on the boat. These are to be taken to Port 
Bouet, some distance down the coast, where they will 
need to be unloaded in surf boats and taken to the 
shore." What a sight that will be! They hope to spend 
only nine days at Port Bouet, although at a former 
time a boat spent 110 days here due to unfavorable 
ocean conditions. The Sheldons are scheduled to ar- 
rive at Douala on December 22. They report a very 
pleasant trip, although they are getting very anxious 
to get to their destination. 

JACK GREEN'S doctor is granting permission for 
him to go to Mexico for a short time at the Christmas 
season. He will take gifts from many of the churches 
in southern California. He will establish a week's clinic 
at San Vicente. In some ways he reports improvement 
in his health condition. Continue to pray for Brother 

THE JOBSONS just returned to Bozoum on Novem- 
ber 26 after an 18-day trip visiting the stations of 
Bellevue, Bouca, M'Baiki, Yaloke, Bossembele, and also 
at Bangui. Their report is most encouraging. They 
report the Fosters as feeling "well." Eighteen hundred 
people attended the service at Batangafo the Sunday 
Ijefore the Jobsons were in the district, and the church 
at Bouca was filled to capacity the Sunday morning 
they were there. Brother Jobson reports Brother Bal- 
zer as having been appointed "the surveyor at Bossan- 
goa." Congratulations, Mr. Surveyor. 

THE HAMILTONS, in a November 29th letter, sug- 
gest that they have airplane passage leaving Bangui 
on March 30, spending two days in Paris with our mis- 
sionaries there, and arriving in New York City on April 
3. They will come on to Winona about the 10th of 
April and then hope to be in California by April 17. 
They are feeling fine and have been very busy with 
native conferences in different parts of their district. 
We saw the native countryside at this season of the 
vear. but we leave it to Brother Hamilton to describe it 
in the following quotation: "This is the start of what is 
known here as choung: pa season (grass burning time). 
It seems to have come upon us earlier than before. One 

sees as a result now large columns of smoke and the 
almost Vermillion colored flames quickly consuming 
the ochre grass and leaving behind the black ashy 
scars of the fires that etch the earth's surface quicker 
than the most powerful acid etches glass or metal. 
Rocks with blackened surfaces testify to their durabil- 
ity, and yet the repeated heat from season after sea- 
son of burning combined with the blistering heat of a 
dry season sun adds its share in making the rocks chip 
off. Gaunt, charred trees stand as weary, exhausted 
skeletons and yet come the first rains those very trees, 
which seem as though they must have been completely 
exhausted, become pimpled with the chartreuse and 
emerald green of new leaves, symbolic of the indom- 
itable spirit of life combatting the inexorable forces 
of nature in the raw!" 

MISS BYRON, in a letter dated December 1, tells of a 
very happy Thanksgiving trip when she was permitted 
to visit Miss Tyson and the Tabers at the Yaloke Sta- 
tion, and then returned a day or two later with the 
Jobsons. She says, "I thought I would have to have 
Thanksgiving dinner all by my lonesome but instead I 
had a very pleasant week-end and holiday. It doesn't 
work out that way very often, but the Lord knows a 
little change is better than medicine." She concludes 
her letter with a plea, "I hope that Ralph Colburn will 
be on the lookout for some teachers as he visits the 
different colleges. Some who will be willing to devote 
their entire time and life to it. It is one of the greatest 
ministries, paying large dividends in lives of future 
native workers." 

JACK CHURCHILL, in a November 28th letter, says, 
"Needless to say it was a wonderful feeling to be here 
at last after so many months of looking in this direc- 
tion. How we praise the Lord for bringing us here! 
Although we aren't actually 'in the work' yet, the en- 
thusiasm we have felt in Brother Dowdy, Miss Nielsen, 
and the Schrocks has made us impatient to be able to 
carry our part. I felt rather encouraged Sunday when 
I found that I was able to understand practically all 
of Lynn's sermon. I do have more difficulty in grasp- 
ing the meaning when one of the Argentines is speak- 
ing because they really rattle it off. A number of them 
have told me that Lynn speaks very well." 

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Mrs. Kliever has been reporting their work quite 
fully in the form of a diary. We wish we could find a 
way to share all of these fine reports with you. We 
give her conclusions in the most recent report, "The 
reports that the men brought from the field as a whole 
are encouraging. They have their trials and testings 
but are beginning to know how to deal with their prob- 
lems as they come up. Mbourio (native pastor at Be- 
koro) has already had baptisms in his section. His re- 
port is very good and we believe that there will be 
others equally as good. The classes that the Prayer 
Leaders are having to attend before they can take 
their places as leaders are proving to be a good way to 
do some weeding out of those who want the position 
but do not want to study and apply themselves to 
knowing the Word." 

THE MACONAGHYS, in a November 29th letter, say, 
"The tent campaign down in Laboulaye was really 
blessed of the Lord and souls were saved. We had only 
six nights — certainly not as many as we should have 
had — but there are other campaigns ahead. We used 
the new equipment (some new public-address equip- 
ment) and the folks really heard the Gospel some eight 
blocks in all directions. One-thirty in the morning 
was the hour we usually got to bed and then up early 
the next or rather the same day. Well, the results the 
Lord knows. However, the last night there were 18 
who made definite decisions for the Lord. . . . Pray also 
for the province of Entre Rios. It is to the east of us 
here. There are cities and large towns that have abso- 
lutely no Gospel testimony. What an opportunity! 
May we enter them all for the Lord." 

THE DOWDYS, in a letter dated November 11, state, 
"We have just had three nights of special meetings 
here in Almafuerte with Antonio Gamarra and his 
wife. There were eight decisions — two the first night, 
three the second, and three the last night. For many 
weeks we have been endeavoring in our prayer meet- 
ings to create a consciousness of the importance of 
definite prayer on behalf of the unsaved. The Lord 
has answered. Now our few believers should take 
courage and get down to business with God and go 
after the lost." 

THE DUNNINGS. In his most recent letter. Brother 
Dunning says, "We got back from our vacation one 
week late. Spent that week on the road. We broke a 
front spring and this threw us into the ditch. Fortu- 
nately I was going very slow at the time." On the 
brighter side, he says, "Tomorrow we are holding our 
first communion here in over a year and the first bap- 
tism in over three years. The group will be small but 
I am sure they will experience a blessing that will en- 
courage them to lift up their hands to the task." With 
respect to the new Gribble Memorial Residence he says, 
"There remain only a few small things to be done on 
the house and then we can call it finished. A few 
laths to seal the cracks in the ceiling and a little var- 
nish and all wiU be pronounced done. I'll have things 
cleared a little soon and will be able to send you some 
snapshots of the house." [We're all anxious to see 
them, Harold.— R.D.B.] 

THE HILLS- In a letter of November 25 Brother Bob 
Hill tells of just having returned from two long trips 
into the bush country. Many blessings and many prob- 
lems are reported. He and Mrs. Hill are anxiously 
anticipating the fellowship at the December Field 
Council Meeting. With Brother Hill's characteristic 
humor he reports on first-term missionaries in relation 
to Field Council. He says, "You can divide the first- 
term missionaries in speaking at Field Council as — 

1. The first year they won't let him. 

2. The second year he is too scared. 

3. The third year he realizes he is too dumb. 

4. The fourth year he is too tired." 

MISS NIELSEN, in a recent letter, reported from Rio 
Cuarto, "On the 15th we had a baptismal service and 
15 were bantized. Last Saturday we had a communion 
service with 50 some in attendance. Sunday school 
attendance is around 90 — sometimes a few more. The 

Institute expenses for the year have been met entirely 
by national offerings." Then she continues by tell- 
ing of the addition which is being built to the building 
at Rio Cuarto — the addition to be used as a boys' dor- 
mitory for next year's Bible Institute work. This is all 
being cared for by the National Church. 

THE SCHROCKS. We consider the following sen- 
tence from a recent letter as very outstanding, "The 
plan for the summer months in the Mission is wonder- 
ful, and we are looking to Him for great blessing and 
the salvation of many souls." 

THE TABERS. Dr. Taber visits our different stations 
and cares for the checkup and treatment of native 
Christian leaders. In his November report he tells of 
his recent visit at the Bekoro station as follows: "In 
the course of seven weeks 240 patients are receiving 
5,000 injections and treatments by mouth and exter- 
nally 'without counting how many.' All of this is being 
done on a station without a dispensary building — from 
Minnie Kennedy's veranda. You remember that the 
Bekoro dispensary was struck by lightning a year ago. 
Now we are doing a far bigger medical work here than 
we ever did when there was the building for it. I would 
not certify that it is exactly pleasant or restful to have 
that kind of a hub-bub around your house all day 
long, even to be disturbed frequently at night, but 
Minnie is taking it without a murmur, believing that 
it will make stronger-bodied and more energetic 
preachers of the Gospel in this district." 

MISS TYSON, in her most recent letter, says, "Today 
we lost our old faithful workman, Ouanakaiyou. He 
has been around here almost as long as I can remem- 
ber. His second son tried to get him to leave the mis- 
sion station, saying his sickness was due to his stay 
here, but he flatly refused to be taken away. So in 
the midst of our Yaloke problems the Lord gives us 
cases like this to help us realize that He is still working 
and will accomplish His plans in spite of anything that 
man can do." 

THE ALTIGS- I quote from the most recent letter 
from Brother Altig in which he says, "We have no 
thought of withdrawing and there is no possibility of 
such a thought, unless there is some unmistakable 
leading of the Lord in that direction. We received a 
letter from Vivian (Mrs. Altig) today, too, in which she 
says, 'As soon as I can I want to get right back there; I 
can hardly wait.' The whole family is united in this 
thought." Brother Altig further states that they have 
completed the move to Icoraci, which is about 12 miles 
from Belem. The new city is much more primitive 
than Belem; some foods are not obtainable in Icoraci. 
Therefore, for the purchase of food and for mail, they 
go once or twice a week back to Belem. They have a 
very pleasant home right on the river bank where they 
can see the big boats as they go along the river. He 
says he has now visited for 500 miles north and south 
and 1,000 miles east and west, and he is convinced that 
Icoraci is the place where we should have headquarters 
and work. He says that the real challenge lies in 
reaching the small places — in these there is no testi- 
mony of any kind. Many of the people living there 
have never heard the Gospel and have little chance of 
doing so unless it is brought to them. • 

THE SEVEN IN FRANCE. While preparing this 
material we received a letter from Miss Clara Schwartz 
and she is writing for The Seven. She says, "This past 
week was the first full one in the new class. There is a 
great deal of difference between these classes and it is 
a strain. The Lord is able and we have proved Him 
before. How gracious of Him to put into the heart of 
our teacher the desire to 'coach' us, especially for the 
examination (to come at the end of January). She 
believes there is the possibility of our passing without 
being able to speak fluently if we diligently apply our- 
selves. We, of course, are anxious to take the examina- 
tion in Januarv for the simple reason that most of us, 
in all probability, will not be here when the next one 
is given in June." I am sure you will want to pray for 
The Seven that they may pass this examination. 

January 7, 1950 




Rev. Max Cohn was the speaker 

at the Canton, Ohio, church on the 
first Sunday of the New Year — a day 
given to Jewish evangelism. 

Bro. William Farmer, financial 
secretary of the First Church, Los 
Angeles, Calif., for a number of 
years, died Dec. 16. 

In the Dec. 18 bulletin from Fill- 
more, Calif, is this encouraging 
news: "Brother Lantz is out and 
around once more." 

The first meeting of the Boys Club 
at FJora, Ind., was held Dec. 30. 

The Northern Ohio district minis- 
terial fellowship met at Danville, 
Dec. 19. A critical monograph was 
presented by Rev. Kenneth Ashman. 
A covered dish dinner in the church 
basement was enjoyed by all pres- 
ent. Foggy weather and previous 
engagements reduced attendance 

A number of eastern and midwest- 
ern churches are making plans al- 
ready to assist their pastors finan- 
cially to make possible their attend- 
ance at the National Fellowship in 
Long Beach, Calif., this year. 

Expenditures of the H a r r ah, 
Wash., church last year amounted to 
$8,493.22, of which some $3,000 was 
for missions or interests outside the 
local church. 

The next Brethren Day of Prayer 
is Jan. 15. Since it is on Sunday, 
many excuses for not attending your 


Editor and Business Manager. . . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Washington 20, D. C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. MHIer 

1511 Maiden Lane S. W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace ."^eminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

local prayer meeting wUl not fit. 
So — better think up a new one; or 
better yet, join in this round-the- 
world fellowship of intercessory 

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Drennon, of 
Whittier, Calif., celebrated their 25th 
wedding anniversary Dec. 25. 

The young people of the Third 
Church, Los Angeles, Calij., are 
planning to have an overnight snow 
party at Acorn Lodge, near Wright- 
wood, Feb. 17-19. 

The new address of Rev. and Mrs. 
Charles Suraey is Residence Jeanne, 
14 Rue Stanislas, Paris 6, France. 

The only float in the Christmas 
parade at Meyersdale, Pa., that hon- 
ored Christ was the one entered by 
the Brethren church. Their entry 
was a nativity scene. 

Mrs. Roberta Kliewer and Miss 
Celina Mares, of the New Mexico 
missions, have been speaking in 
churches, youth rallies, W. M. C. 
rallies, and schools throughout the 
East and Middle West since National 
Conference. They report many 
blessings along the way, and deliv- 
erances from near-accidents. 

Ground was broken for the new 
Grace Church in Ramona, Calij., 
where Rev. Grant McDonald is pas- 
tor, Nov. 13. Since that time steady 
progress has been made on the 28- 
by 60-foot building, with adjoining 
nursery and rest rooms, with much 
of the labor being donated by mem- 
bers and friends of the church. Sun- 
day morning attendance runs from 
80 to 100, with 40 to 60 in the eve- 
ning, and about 50 at the midweek 
prayer meetings. Mrs. McDonald is 
teaching in the local public school. 

According to figures released by 
the two schools, Grace Seminary, in- 
cluding the Collegiate Division, has 
more Brethren students enrolled 
than Ashland College and Seminary. 
Your Seminary deserves and needs 
your support Jan. 15. 

The Brethren Day Schools at Long 
Beach, Calif., have an enrollment of 
225 students, including 135 in the 
elementary school and 90 in the high 
school. The modern buildings have 
a combined floor space of 16,700 
square feet. The high school has a 
ten-acre campus. Rev. Albert L. 
Flory is the busy superintendent of 
these schools. 

Next week's Missionary Herald 
will contain additional information 
about the Brethren Book Club, in- 
cluding reviews of the books selected 
for February. , 

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Now 7,442 

A year ago 7,014 

Two years ago 6,579 

Three years ago 5,412 

Rev. Dilwyn Studebaker writes 
from India, "We are very busy with 
language study and will take the ex- 
amination in May. At that time we 
shall be assigned to a station. We 
would ask you to pray with us con- 
cerning the examination and also 
concerning the station at which God 
would have us work." 

The first Bible school offering of 
the year at Fort Wayne, Ind., is given 
to Jewish missions. 

The largest crowd ever to assem- 
ble in the new church at Kittanning, 
Pa., met Sunday night, Dec. 18, for 
the Sunday school Christmas pro- 
gram and play. Though many who 
were standing were not counted, 509 
were counted. A new Sunday school 
mission is being started on Troy Hill 
by Bro. R. Wessinger. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd's article, "The 
List That Grows," first printed in 
Moody Monthly, was reprinted in 
Christian Digest for January. 

David Ward Miller, son of Rev. 
and Mrs. Ward Miller, of Osceola, 
Ind., was born Dec. 23, 1949. 

Rev. George H. Redden, "The Pas- 
tor of the Pines," was the special 
speaker at the church in South Pas- 
adena, Calif., Dec. 11-14. The young 
people of the church are planning a 
"snow conference" for Feb. 17-19. 

Prof. Norman Uphortse and fam- 
ily, of Bryan University, spent the 
Christmas holidays in Philadelphia. 

Sunday evening attendance at 
Camden, Ohio, Dec. 25 was 234, in- 
cluding several persons who had 
never been in church before. Con- 
tinued prayer is requested for the 
health of Pastor Roy Kreimes. 

A recent communication from Rev. 
Keith Altig in Brazil indicated that 
he planned to begin holding public 
services on Jan. 1, starting with chil- 
dren's meetings — a method used suc- 
cessfully by Mid-Missions. 

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carson Rot- 
tier at Warsaw, Ind., Dec. 28, a son. 
Brother Rottler is a student in Grace 

Westmont College is now recog- 
nized by the University of Califor- 
nia so that credits may be trans- 
ferred without difficulty. 


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The Great Commission 



Whether or not the Church is right 
in understanding that the Great 
Commission of Matthew 28:19, 20 
was given her to obey would seem a 
strange question to raise after the 
Church Universal has used it for 
nearly nineteen centuries. But that 
question is being asked in some 
quarters today. After all, we should 
not be greatly astonished. For an 
age which has gone so far as to 
"deny the Lord that bought" us will 
certainly not hesitate to question a 
command which He gave. We can- 
not expect that baptism will be con- 
sidered more sacred than the Lord 
who instituted it. 

Down through centuries of doc- 
trinal controversy, the Great Com- 
mission of our Lord has been a Gi- 
braltar of defense against Arianism, 
Unitarianism, and all the others who 
deny the Triune God. In one sen- 
tence it names the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Spirit, without the 
slightest intimation that there is any 
essential difference in their Being. 
In fact, the oneness and equality of 
the three Persons is tacitly assumed 
by the very form and content of the 
command. The Great Commission 
is really the only jormal statement 
of the Trinity our Lord ever uttered. 
It is at least the only one on record. 

This fact may help to explain the 
determined assault made upon this 
passage by some of the ablest of the 
"destructive critics" whose purpose 
v^^as to show it spurious, never spo- 
ken by the Lord, and therefore not 
properly an original part of Mat- 
thew's Gospel. From one standpoint 
the Christian may thank God for this 
attack, since it failed utterly and 
demonstrated that Matthew 28:19, 
20 is a genuine part of the recorded 
teaching of our Lord. Now that the 
smoke of the battle has cleared 
away, it is not likely that any rep- 

utable scholar of today, whether be- 
lieving or unbelieving, will soon dis- 
pute the integrity of the passage. 

More recently, however, an alto- 
gether different kind of attack has 
been made upon the Great Commis- 
sion. This time it comes, not from 
the enemies of the Bible, but rather 
from its friends. We are told that, 
while this passage is a genuine part 
of the Scriptures, the Commission 
it contains is not intended jor the 
Church of this age! This view may 


appear quite novel to some, but it is 
not altogether new. It was advanced 
some years ago by an English teach- 
er, now deceased, who did much 
service for the Truth but unfortu- 
nately held some very erroneous 
views such as Annihilationism and 
Soul-sleeping. A few teachers in 
this country have adopted his opin- 
ion on Matthew 28:19, 20, and are 
teaching it assiduously. We believe 
this attitude has a serious aspect 
and that we have a right to demand 
some real proof when asked to sur- 
render a passage which has never 
been questioned as belonging to the 
Church until these last days. The 
proof submitted seems pitifully weak. 
We are told that the Great Com- 
mission is not for the Church be- 
cause it occurs in the Gospel of 
Matthew, and Matthew is the Gospel 
of the Kingdom! This is no proof 

at all. We admit, and teach, that by 
every canon of internal evidence 
Matthew is the Gospel of the King 
and the Kingdom. But the King 
and the Kingdom were rejected at 
the Cross! And Matthew 28:19, 20 
was spoken after the Cross! If any 
definite dividing line in Scripture is 
drawn between the Kingdom and the 
Church of this age, that line should 
be drawn at Calvary. The fact of 
the matter is that no hard and fast 
line can be drawn. The Church be- 
gan on the Day of Pentecost but it 
certainly was in view as early as the 
16th chapter of Matthew where the 
Lord first speaks of it as something 
to come. 

It is remarkable in this connection 
that of the four Gospels, Matthew's 
alone speaks of the Church by name. 
If this Gospel written by Matthew is 
to be treated strictly and exclusive- 
ly as the Gospel of the Kingdom, 
and we know that the Kingdom wUl 
not be ushered in until the return of 
Christ, then how shall we explain 
the presence in Matthew of the com- 
munion service which was ordained 
to be observed "until he come"? It 
is well known that many devout and 
brilliant students of the Bible have 
held that Matthew's Gospel is indeed 
in a special sense the Gospel of the 
Kingdom, but they have not felt the 
necessity therefore of tossing the 
Great Commission into the discard. 
Such unwarranted, unproven inter- 
pretations have never accomplished 
anything but to bring the Truth into 
disrepute and draw the scorn of op- 

If we carry the inquiry further 
and ask when Christ intended His 
Great Commission to be carried out, 
if not by the Church of this age, we 
are told by some that we may look 
for its accomplishment in the next 
age when the Kingdom is in mani- 

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festation, or during the great tribu- 
lation immediately preceding the 
Kingdom. The first and most im- 
portant answer to this is that such 
an interpretation is forced, unnat- 
ural, and arbitrary. Consider the 
situation when the Great Commis- 
sion was spoken. It was given to 
the eleven apostles at some time 
during the fifty days between 
Christ's resurrection and the de- 
scent of the Spirit on Pentecost. Our 
Lord knew when He gave this com- 
mand that these men to whom He 
gave it would be the first members 
of the Church. He told them specif- 
ically not to begin their work until 
the Day of Pentecost. On that day 
they were to begin their work, and 
they did. Now if the Great Com- 
mission in Matthew was not part of 
the work given to these men, why is 
there not some intimation of it? And 
why does the Lord say to these men, 
"Go ye therefore and teach all na- 
tions," if this was not to be done 
until these same men had been dead 
for over eighteen hundred years? 

But there is a still more conclusive 
answer. That answer is written in 
the record of the apostles' labors. 
Did the apostles regard the Great 
Commission as their task, and did 
they obey it as they went forth? 
This will settle the question. Let us 
ascertain first just what the Great 
Commission cominands. First, it 
commands the "making of disciples 
by teaching." This is the meaning 
of the word translated "teach." 
Second, it commands the baptism of 
those who are made disciples. Third, 
it commands instruction be given 
those who are made disciples and 
are baptized. Let us take now the 
first and most unportant part of the 
Commission and ask whether the 
apostles obeyed it in their work. 
Did they teach men in order to 
make disciples? Let us see. 

Acts 5:42 declares of the apostles 
that "daily in the temple, and in 
every house, they ceased not to 
teach and preach Jesus Christ." And 
the next verse (6:1) informs us of 
the result: "In those days . . . the 
number of the disciples was multi- 
plied"! They were obeying the 
Great Commission — making disci- 
ples by teaching. 

In the sixth chapter of Acts we 
find the apostles appointing seven 
men to oversee the "daily ministra- 
tion" in order that the apostles might 
give themselves to the "ministry of 
the Word." What was the result? 
"The word of God increased; and 
the number of the disciples multi- 

plied" (6:7). They were "making 
disciples" by teaching ihe Word. 

Acts 11:26 informs us that Paul 
and Barnabas spent a whole year at 
Antioch where they "taught much 
people," and further that "the disci- 
ples were called Christians first in 
Antioch." They are still "making 
disciples by teaching." 

But the most convincing passage 
is Acts 14:21 which gives an account 
of the work of Paul and Barnabas at 
Derbe. They "preached the gospel 
to that city, and . . . taught many." 
Here the very same Greek verb is 
used that occurs in the Great Com- 
mission of Matthew 28:19! The A. 
S. V. translates it "made many disci- 
ples." The Lord had said, "Go . . . 
and make disciples." Paul went and 
"inade m.any disciples"! Could any- 
thing possibly be plainer than that 
the apostle was obeying the Great 
Commission? According to some 
modern interpreters, he was not 
working in harmony with the pur- 
pose of God in "making disciples." 
Paul and his associates should have 
known better! What foolishness! 
Who is the best judge of whether 
Matthew 28:19, 20 is for the Church 
or not? Paul, or a few men living 
nineteen hundred years afterward? 
Perhaps the most amusing aspect of 
the whole controversy is that Paul 
obeyed the Great Commission over 
a period of at least thirty years be- 
fore ever Matthew had recorded it 
in His Gospel! Yet we are told thpt 
it is not for the Church because it is 
found in this Gospel! 

If the Church has made any mis- 
take, it has not been in regarding 
the Great Commission as given 1o 
her, but rather in doing so little to 
obey it in the power of her risen, 
glorified Lord. What we need aDove 
all else today is more New Testa- 
ment evangelism — which is the win- 
ning of men to Christ by teaching 
them. That is the great task of the 
Church in this age. You canriot 
make disciples for the Lord Jesus 
without teaching, for a disciple is 
literally "an instructed man." 




The burglary insurance rate is $12 
a thousand in Boston, $22 in New 
York, and $27.50 in Chicago. Is there 
any connection between these fig- 
ures and the fact that the Bible has 
been read daily in the public schools 
in Boston for 65 years, for 22 years 
in New York, and excluded for 30 
years from the schools of Chicago? — 
The Gideon. 

Everywhere I look I see folks get- 
ting ready for Christmas. A penny 
is not safe these days either. Every- 
one is counting pennies. I try to 
keep out of sight. 

The streets are like a fairyland 
with bells, wreaths, and tinsel for 
blocks and blocks. 

Did you ever see a mile of Christ- 
mas trees all lighted with beautiful 
colored lights? That is really some- 
thing to see. We have that close to 
where I live. Come to see me and 
I will show them to you. 

Right in the middle of our town is 
the tallest Christmas tree in the 
world. It is 105 feet high. It has 
2,000 colored lights on it. At the 
very top is the biggest star I have 
ever seen. It is 10 feet across from 
tip to tip. I was so tickled — for I 
got to see it on the very night it 
was lighted. The mayor made a 
speech. I saw a thousand children 
there (the paper said 100, but I 
thought it was 1,000). The children 
were orphans, and they were guests 
of the city. A band was playing and 
the whole city turned out to see the 
beautiful tree. 

All the store windows are bright 
and beautifully decorated. I saw 
one big window in a department 
store broken — too many boys and 
girls leaning on it to see all the toys 
and pretty things. 

At Christmas time there is so 
much excitement everywhere. Se- 
crets, packages wrapped and hidden, 


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cookies baked and put in jars — I love 

But why do we have Christmas? 
Do you know? I'm afraid that too 
many people forget the real mean- 
ing. And the real meaning is the 
most important part of Christmas — 
not gifts, parties, food, and decora- 
tions, but God's gift to us. God 
loved the world. It was in need. So 
God gave His Son, His best gift, to 
show how much He loved us. His 
gift wasn't wrapped in shiny paper, 
tied with bright-colored ribbons and 
put under a Christmas tree. Oh, no! 
His gift was wrapped in swaddling 
clothes and was found lying in a 

The wise men followed with giving 
gifts to the Lord Jesus. The shep- 
herds worshipped Him. The angels 
sang His praises. Let us all re- 
member that Christmas is Jesus' 
birthday. We should give Him gifts 
— our love, worship, and praise. Best 
of all, He would be glad if we would 
give ourselves as our gift to Him. 
Will U? 

Brcthreh of Today 


By Charles W. Mayes, D.D. 
Liong Beach, Calif. 

Today the world is looking for the 
man with the plan. Business con- 
cerns, governments, and professional 
men who have a plan usually have 
listeners. Frequently in Christian 
magazines there are discussions 
about church finances. Many would 
like to know the most practical way 
to get the necessary financial re- 

God's plan for supporting His 
work is simple, easy, and practical. 
It is the program of the tithe. The 
tithe means that one-tenth of the 
income belongs to the Lord. The 
basis is found in God's Word, given 
to the nation of Israel. With that 
nation the tithe was a law. Since we 
are not under law today, we are not 
under the law of the tithe. How- 
ever, for any man who truly loves 
God, it is easy to reason that if God 
required the tenth under law, we 
would be ungrateful and selfish to 
deny Him the tithe in the age of 

The tithe of God's people will 
support the local work, bring in suf- 
ficient income for foreign missions, 
and build churches in America. If 
all God's believing people in Amer- 


In the Brethren Missionary Herald 
of October 15, 1949, Rev. Robert 
Bates, pastor of the Brethren church 
in Leesburg, Ind., gave some of his 
reasons for uniting with the Breth- 
ren Church. It is evident from a 
brief sketch of his life that his rea- 
son could not have been ignorance 
of other churches. 

Born in Salem, Oreg., March 9, 
1916, he moved with his family to 
California nine years later. At the 
age of 11 he was converted in a de- 
cision service at the daily vacation 
Bible school of the Friends church 
in Huntington Park. 

His call into full-time Christian 
work came in a meeting of the Hunt- 
ington Park Training School for 
Christian Workers, conducted by a 
Methodist evangelist. This was short- 
ly after his graduation from high 

His training for the ministry was 
received at a variety of schools. In 
1935-36 he attended John Brown 
University; in 1936-37, the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles; in 1937-39, 
Western Bible College; in 1943-45, 
Westminster College (Salt Lake); 
and in 1945-49, Grace Theological 
Seminary, where he received the 
Th.B. degree. 

There has been a variety too in 
his pastorates. In 1943 he began a 
two-year pastorate at the Commu- 
nity church in Park City, Utah, a 
mining community. For the next 
two years he served the Bethel- 
Valentine Methodist circuit near 

LaGrange, Ind., pastoring three 
churches one year, and four the 
next. The following two years found 
him the pastor of the Christian 
church in Milford, Ind. Since June 
1, 1949, he has been the pastor of 
the Brethren church in Leesburg. 

In other employment he has had a 
variety of experience, too. He has 
worked at trucking, insurance sales, 
retail mUk sales, and lead mining. 

Brother Bates was ordained to the 
Brethren ministry May 15, 1949, at 
the Leesburg church. Rev. Clyde 
Landmm was in charge of the serv- 
ice. Dr. Herman Hoyt gave the ad- 
dress, and Rev. Louis Engle assisted. 

Mrs. Bates, the former June Eliz- 
abeth Larkin, is from Bell, Calif. 
She is active in children's work. 
They have three children: David Le- 
Roy, 9; Rebecca Ann, 7; and Lydia 
Ruth, 3. 

Robert Bates is 5 feet, 11 inches 
tall, weighs 148 pounds, and has 
blue eyes and light brown hair. He 
is acting secretary of the Central 
District Fellowship. 

ica would tithe the income, there 
would be no lack to support every 
institution which is set for the de- 
fense and propagation of the Gospel. 

It would be unethical for one man 
to reach down into his neighbor's 
pocket, taking therefrom a ten-dol- 
lar bill with which to pay public 
utilities. In fact, the modem term 
for that is plain stealing. Yet there 
are many Christians who reach 
down into God's pocket and take 
from His tenth some portion of it 
to pay their own bUls. It just isn't 
fair, it isn't practical, and worst of 
all, there will come a day when God 
is to be the judge. 

Some of God's people have ex- 

cused themselves that they can't af- 
ford to tithe. The answer to this, of 
course, is simple. The true believer 
cannot afford not to tithe. The God 
who runs the universe, who controls 
every living creature on the earth, 
and who hears and answers prayer, 
is able to make nine-tenths stretch 
farther than we can make ten- 
tenths. "Bring ye all the tithes into 
the storehouse, that there may be 
meat in mine house, and prove me 
now herewith, saith the Lord of 
hosts, if I will not open you the win- 
dows of heaven, and pour you out a 
blessing, that there shall not be 
room enough to receive it" (Mai. 

January 7, 1950 



(Extracts From the Letters of Dr. Bauman to His Family at Home) 

SINGAPORE, Oct. 7.— In Bang- 
kok, Dr. Talbot and I were able to 
witness a Siamese boxing match and 
were given the privilege of sitting 
right down at the ringside and tak- 
ing pictures. This was one of the 
most curious sights I have ever wit- 
nessed. Before entering the ring, 
each bo.xer kneels and prays (to 
Buddha). Then when they get into 
the ring, they kneel again and go 
through quite an elaborate cere- 
mony. But the most curious of all 
is the fight itself, for they use both 
hands and feet — also their knees! 
About everything, it seems, goes, 
and the way they kick each other 
as quick as a flash, even in the face, 
is something terrific. In reality, they 
do not hurt each other as much as 
American pugilists do. 

The real wonder of the past two 
weeks has been the magnificent 
temples in Japan and Bangkok, and 
the canals and floating markets of 
Bangkok, which I shall describe in 
a later letter. Also, there is coming 
an account of our most interesting 
conference with General MacArthur 
in Tokyo. We were with him for 
nearly an hour. 

In Bangkok we were entertained 
also for dinner by a Hindoo and his 
wife. He is a member of the Indian 
legation there and I was invited to 
their living quarters, where we had 
real Indian food. It was clean and 
tasty. On the table before us was 
placed a dish of cakes that looked 
and tasted a little like Spanish tor- 
tillas would if they had ground-up 
cheese in them. Each of us broke 
from this (which helped us to un- 
derstand better, I believe, how the 
Lord and the apostles "broke bread") 
and we would then use the piece 
broken off to pick up and eat the 
other food — instead of knives and 
forks. It wasn't so bad, although 
my fingers were pretty greasy at 
the end of the meal, and we were 
given no napkins, so I sneaked out 
my handkerchief and used it. 

11. — Here I sit in a real Borneo mis- 
sionary's house, about one day's trip 
up the river from Pontianak. We 
are merely stopping here for a few 
hours before continuing our trip to 
the mission station of Mr. Arthur 

Mouw, the missionary we are visit- 
ing here. By the way, he spoke in 
the Long Beach church several years 

The experience here has been al- 
together different from those we 
have had anywhere else. We are 
really in jungle country and, by the 
way, if you have an atlas, get a map 
of Borneo, and I believe you can 
find where we are. You will notice 
a river leading into Borneo from 
Pontianak. It is called the Kapuas 
River. It does not look large upon 
the map, but it looks a great deal 
larger than the Mississippi at some 


Dr. Bauman 

places. We have come 99 miles up 
the river thus far, and the river 
still seems very wide. 

The woods (dense jungle) on 
either side of the river has a good 
many wild animals, among which 
are monkeys. Brother Mouw shot a 
monkey, a large one, weighing about 
40 pounds, on his way down the 
river to meet our flying boat. He 
happened to see it in a tree and 
stopped long enough to shoot it. The 
native boy got off the boat and 
brought the monkey on board. One 
of the white boys and the native boy 
skinned it and cleaned it, and three 
of them had some monkey meat that 
day, but Brother Mouw refused to 
join in the eating. Dr. Talbot is very 
anxious to try it himself, but they 
can let me out! I have tried some 
things on this trip that I never 
imagined myself eating. I have tried 
to "eat what is set before" me and 
not ask any questions "for con- 
science sake" (at least, not too many 
questions), but it is not easy some- 

I shall write more fully about 
Brother Mouw's work later, but here 

is a real missionary and a wonderful " 
work. He has been here in Borneo 
17 years without a furlough, except 
for that forced furlough when he 
had to escape the Japanese invasion. 
He has been working among the 
Dyaks (head-hunters of Borneo) all 
this time, although he had to work 
for nearly a year and a half before 
he had any converts. The number 
of Christians in his section is now 
more than 8,000 people. They love 
and respect him as a father, and we 
have found that Mr. Mouw is highly 
respected by the Dutch people as 
well (i. e., the officials). 

From the very first he taught the 
people to be self-supporting, al- 
though all a man's possessions could 
be put into an ordinary suitcase. So 
far as the native part of his work 
is concerned, it is self-supporting. 
Brother Mouw says that it is pos- 
sible any place to have an indig- 
enous church, but the people must 
be taught that from the very be- 
ginning, otherwise it is too late. 

It is evident, and I know will 
appear more so, as we actually visit 
the field and have the privilege of 
seeing the people, sleeping in their 
"4ong-houses," where many families 
live in their respective compart- 
ments under a single roof, and live 
sort of a communal life, tj^jical of 
the Dyaks — I am sure as we visit 
these people and have the privilege 
of speaking to audiences of from 800 
to 2,000 through an interpreter, that 
we will be impressed once again by 
this outstanding example of what 
the grace of God can do for men. 


The Zondervan Publishing House 
is reissuing three popular sets in 
1950: "Gray and Adams' Bible Com- 
mentary," "Lange's Commentary on 
the Holy Scriptures," and "Spur- 
geon's Treasury of the New Testa- 

Other reprints in the next few 
months include "The Trial and Death 
of Jesus Christ," by James M. Stal- 
ker; "The Apocalypse," by J. A. 
Seiss; "The Epistle of St. Paul to 
the Galatians," by J. B. Lightfoot; 
and "The Life of St. Paul," by James 
M. Stalker. 


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MARY EMMERT, Prayer Band Chairman 

'Pray Without Ceasing" 

"Be . . . sober . . . unto prayer." 
It is a serious responsibility, with 
results reaching into eternity. Pray 
soberly therefore! 


1. Pray for the ChurchOls and 
Mrs. Sickel, who just arrived in Ar- 
gentina; the Sheldons, in Africa; the 
Edward Miller family (Brazil) ; and 
Rev. and Mrs. James Marshall (Ar- 
gentina), who will probably sail in 
January; Dr. Sickel, who has pas- 
sage booked for January 14. Praise 
the Lord that the doctor has author- 
ized his return to Argentina. 

2. Great blessings from Christ- 
mas Field Council Meeting (Africa); 
the February National Conference 

3. The Altigs, and pioneering in 
BrazU. With the Lord's blessing, 
Mrs. Altig and Steven should soon 

4. Workers and wisdom for Low- 
er California. Continue asking for 
Jack Green's healing. 

5. THE SEVEN in France— for 
speedy grasping of the language; for 
health for them during the difficult 
Paris winter. 

6. Early entrance into unevange- 
lized Province of Entre Rios, Argen- 

7. $150,000— our work will cost 
at least that amount this year. 


1. For every Home Mission pas- 
tor in the critical stage of buUding 
new testimonies that God's will may 
be done. 

2. For each mission station work- 
er of Clayhole, Ky.; Taos, N. Mex.; 
and Albuquerque, N. Mex., that they 
might overcome the difficulty in 
reaching the lost in those hard 

3. For every revival being held 
in our Home Mission churches and 
throughout the Brotherhood that 
they might become nation-wide, yea, 

4. That this new year might bring 
a new zeal, a new determination, and 
a new passion for the souls out in 
the darkness of sin. 


1. That the Holy Spirit will di- 

rect the unsaved to tune in on the 
Gospel Truth program. 

2. That as the Word goes out 
over the air it shall fall upon fertile 


1. Pray that the goal of $36,000 
for the Seminary Annual Offering 
may be reached by February 1. 

2. Pray for the new students who 
will be entering in January at the 
beginning of the second semester. 

3. Pray for God's blessing upon 
the Seminary Annual Day of Prayer 
set for Thursday, January 26. 


1. Pray that many useful Breth- 
ren tracts may be written during the 
present contest. 

2. Pray for the annual offering 
for Grace Seminary; the co-opera- 
tion of the Seminary helps to make 
the Missionary Herald magazine 


1. Pray that our women may get 
a real vision of what we can accom- 
plish as a united group. 

2. That the work of our hands 
and hearts may be wholly done as 
unto the Lord in our work projects. 

3. That our emphasis upon fam- 
ily worship may bear fruit, and that 
we may give ourselves to much 
prayer for our own families and 


1. Pray that the girls may grow 
in grace and the knowledge of the 
Lord Jesus. 

2. Pray that the national offering 
may be adequate to care for all the 

3. Pray for the former Sisterhood 
girls who are already in full-time 


1. Pray for the Youth Director 
as he travels among the churches, 
and visits the Brethren students in 
the Southeast and Atlantic districts. 

2. Pray for the development of 
occasional new B. Y. F. lessons, that 
they might be really geared to the 
needs of our young people. 

3. Pray for our Brethren Boys 
Clubs, and for those starting the first 
of the year. Pray definitely for the 
money needed for emblems, uni- 
forms, etc. 


1. Pray that your district wUl 
adopt an active laymen program and 
hold a series of meetings this year. 

2. Thank God for the laymen or- 
ganizations and our opportunities for 
service for Him. 

3. Pray that all Brethren lay- 
men groups will undertake our proj- 
ects of the year. 

4. Pray that we will win at least 
one soul per member to Christ in the 
coming year. 


Pray for Pearson's sailor work. 

1. For a man for ship work in 
Japanese ports. The prospective 
worker, Mr. Date, died recently. 

2. For Brother David, the worker 
in Rangoon. His house was looted 
and torn down. Living expenses are 
eight times higher than before the 

3. That the bequest for the work 
left by Miss Monson in her wUl may 
not be contested in court by her 


The cross is an "I" crossed out — 
and the Cross of Christ means death 
to self. A man who was afraid to 
testify in public said, "I'd die first." 
That is what we must do! It means 
conflict, struggle, agony, for we die 
hard. It may mean being misunder- 
stood in school, in business, at home. 
The world will think us queer and 
our conduct strange (I Pet. 4:4). We 
have read of two girls, lately con- 
verted from a life of worldliness, 
who answered an invitation to a 
dance by saying, "We are dead and 
can't come!" It was a Scriptural an- 
swer! — V a nc e Havner in "Great 
Gospel Sermons" (Revell). 

January 7, 1950 


By Mrs. Robert E. A. 

Babies are wonderful people. With 
seven or eight hours of ironing to be 
done, editorial typing by the pages 
to do, letters to answer which would 
keep a secretary busy for several 
days, mending and sewing enough to 
keep one person at the sewing ma- 
chine most of each day, Mother 
turns resolutely from these pressing 
tasks to care for, love, and hold in 
her arms the fleeting charms of little 
Althea's babyhood. 

The work will still be here to- 
morrow. It's like the poor which 
are ever with us. Babies are a dif- 
ferent story. The step from three 
days to thi-ee months is breath- 
taking in its rapidity. Before she 
will fully realize it, three years will 
have overtaken Mother's baby girl, 
if it please the Lord. So today is 
the day to enjoy the baby. Which 
brings to remembrance the Word of 
God which says, ". . . now is the day 
of salvation . . ." (II Cor. 6:2). In 
the light of eternity, with the things 
of time slipping out from under us 
even as we grasp after them, isn't it 
folly not to put first things first? 
"Now" may be the time for our chil- 
dren to take their stand for Christ. 
If they need our encouragement and 
explanation of the way of salvation 
in order to take this stand, dare we 
fail them? Now? Now. 

Mother has always said that Sat- 
urday is the school kids' field day. 
All the ordinary daily routine is 
knocked askew. A recent Saturday 
under this roof is a case in point. 
Some semblance of order was estab- 
lished when family worship started. 
We all recited the 100th Psalm sev- 
eral times so as to be sure it was 
fastened securely in our minds. As 
she slipped to her knees Mother 
casually looked around the room ex- 
pecting the youngsters to be in place 
on their knees. Instead, she saw 
two-year-old Kent pulling his fat 
little legs up across the white arm- 


chair. Dorotheann was lying on the 
floor on the flat of her back repeat- 
ing the 100th Psalm in a sing-song. 
BUI and David both wanted to kneel 
by the same chair. Neither would 
defer, and the argument was waxing 
warm. Sharon slipped around to 
the baby in her bed, and in trying 
to get as close as she could, poked 
her in the eye. Baby cries were 
added to the din. For a wonder, big 
brother Bob was not participating in 
all the excitement. By this time 
Daddy took a hand in the situation 
and prayer was finally begun. Kent 
first, lisping words beyond his ken, 
yet learning through this experience 
to look to the Lord. Sharon next. 
How earnestly she prayed that her 
brothers would behave and be good 
to her. Never a thought that per- 
haps she needed some prayer for 
herself on that score. The prayers 
all around on this particular morn- 
ing were very unselfish from one 
standpoint — they were for the other 
fellow. The general theme was: help 
so-and-so to be obedient. We were 
all so busy casting the mote out of 
the other fellow's eye we failed to 
see the beam in our own eye! 

The entire proceedings reminded 
Mother of a recent missionary meet- 
ing in a certain church in another 
State. The missionary gave an im- 
passioned plea in behalf of benighted 
people who are going to a Christless 
eternity because they've never heard 
the Gospel. His message brought 
three immediate reactions on the 
part of those who listened. One 
person said a message like that 
should surely make the pastor sat- 
isfied with what he has. Another 
was very sure that the missionary 
was boasting of his sacrifices for the 
work of Christ and was trying to 
make the audience feel cheap and 
lazy. However, there were some 
who felt like the young man and his 
wife who said, "How ashamed I feel 
tonight. I've really never sacrificed 
anything for Christ. By His grace 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

I'm going to change my ways. The 
least I can do is help those who 
do go." 

Thank God for those who beat 
upon their own breasts, as it were, 
taking the challenge and admonition 
to their own hearts. It is true we 
are told to pray for one another. 
Real intercessory prayer for our 
brothers and sisters in Christ is 
needed in the household of faith to- 
day. But when it comes to sin and 
neglect in our own lives, may God 
give us the courage and honesty to 
condemn and get victory over it 
rather than unjustly accuse or push 
the responsibflity off on a brother. 
There are some things we must do 
for ourselves in this earthly pilgrim- 
age. James teUs us, "Resist the 
devil, and he will flee from you" 
(4:7). Notice who acts first. "Then 
we are challenged to ". . . present 
your bodies a living sacrifice . . ." 
(Rom. 12:1). Let's put first things 

"Even so Lord Jesus, come, 
To Thy final harvest home, 
Gather Thou Thy people in 
Free from sorrow, free from sin." 


"Japan presents today the greatest 
door for immediate evangelism in the 
Northern Hemisphere," declares Dr. 
Vincent Brushwyler, general direc- 
tor of the Conservative Baptist For- 
eign Mission Society, Chicago. 

"There appears to be no animos- 
ity toward Americans in Japan, but 
rather genuine friendliness and re- 
spect," stated Dr. Brushwyler. "The 
people seem eager for the Gospel. 
Sunday schools and church services 

Dr. Brushwyler found that be- 
cause 90 per cent of the Japanese 
can read, the missionary problem is 
simplified and wide use of tracts and 
Christian literature is possible. He 
personally distributed thousands of 
tracts in railroad stations and along 
highways. Japanese would stand in 
line to get a tract and usually read 
it from beginning to end. 

The reason for Dr. Donald Grey 
Barnhouse's resignation from the 
editorship of Revelation magazine is 
that he would not condone the di- 
vorce and remarriage of one of the 
directors of the magazine. Dr .Barn- 
house went out without his mailing 
list. His new magazine. Eternity, 
will begin publication in March. His 
address is Box 2000, Philadelphia 3, 

January 7, 1950 




JANUARY 14, 1950 


Mrs. Orville Jobson with the Women's Missionary Coiincil at Bozoum, French Equatorial Africa. Called "Aouali 
ti Tene-Ndjoni" (Gospel Women), they meet regularly in the homes of the members. (See the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald for November 12, 1949, page 766.) 




The treasurer's report of the Flora, 
Ind., church for the fourth quarter, 
1949, shows that over 51 per cent 
was given to missions and other 
work outside of the local congrega- 
tion. There was a substantial in- 
crease in attendance at the church 
over that of previous years. 

The bulletin of January 1 for the 
Alexandria, Va., church gives three 
pages of interesting highlights in the 
history of the church during 1949. 

Recent guest speakers in the Mel- 
rose Gardens church, Harrisburg, 
Pa., were Mr. Ernest C. Reisinger, 
Rev. U. L. Gingrich, and Dr. William 
A. Mierop. The church decided to 
give the Sunday school offering on 
the first Sunday of every month, and 
the birthday offerings, to our Jewish 
Mission work. 

The Christmas program at Jen- 
ners, Pa., brought out an attendance 
of 132. 

Pastor Clyde K. Landrum, of 
Vniontown, Pa., reports an average 
Sunday school attendance for a re- 
cent sLx-Sunday period of 133, which 
is an increase of approximately 45 
per cent over the corresponding pe- 
riod last year. Fall communion 
service Vas a blessed experience for 
the church, with 74 persons partici- 
pating. Four persons were received 
into the church December 18, three 
of them on confession of faith. 

At the First Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., there was an attendance of 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lalce. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Wasiiington 20. DC. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S. W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen o. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert MlUer 

Children's Page Elaine PoLman 

325 at the Christmas program which 
was entitled, "An Old-Fashioned 
Christmas Service in a Country 
Church." Rev. Bruce L. Button 
preached at the church January 8. 

Dr. Joseph Cohn was the speaker 
at Roanoke, Va., at the 14th annual 
Jewish Missions Day January 8. 

Pastor Harold Painter writes from 
Modesto, Calif., that they expect to 
have their building finished before 
long. It is probably the only Breth- 
ren church equipped with radiant 
heat. Attendance at the Christmas 
program was over 180 — a record. A 
number of decisions were made at 
the meetings with Rev. R. Paul Mil- 
ler, and a new soul-winners club 
was organized. 

Pastor O r d Gehman reports 20 
baptisms and 29 new members at 
Berne, Ind., during 1949. The church 
will begin an evangelistic campaign 
with Rev. William Clough January 
22, following a union meeting in 
Berne. The union revival, of which 
Miss Louise Kimmel is the children's 
worker, began with an attendance of 

Over a hundred were present at 
the men's fellowship meeting at the 
Second Church, Long Beach, Calif., 
in December, when Phil Kerr was 
the speaker. 

Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Ogden an- 
nounced the engagement of their 
daughter Helen to Donald Rasbach, 
of Johnstown, Pa., on December 23. 
No wedding date has been set 

Construction has been started on 
the new church at Martinsburg, W. 
Va. This is the first unit, which is 
expected to cost about $32,000. The 
church is organized, and has a choir, 
though they are still meeting in the 
city hall on Sundays and in the 
homes during the week. Attendance 
at the Christmas program was 91. 
The church wUl pay 5 per cent inter- 
est on loans for the building. Rev. 
M. L. Myers' new address is R.F.D. 
1, Box 280. He bought a home just 
outside the city limits. 

The church at Summit Mills, Pa., 
has been redecorated. 

Pastor John Burns, of Lake Odes- 
sa, Mich., was a speaker at the union 
watch night service in ClarksvUle. 

Attendance at the new adult Bible 
class in Bell, Calif., has reached 70. 
This is remarkable when one real- 
izes that the whole Sunday school 
had an average of only 50 before the 
new class was started. There have 
been two decisions to accept Christ 
in the class. Pastor William H. 
Densmore is the teacher, and he is 

using Kodachrome pictures to illus- 
trate the lessons. 

Pastor Paul Davis, of Cainsville, 
Mo., writes that he has a Delco 850- 
watt light plant that he is wUling to 
give to any Home or Foreign mis- 
sionary or child evangelism worker 
who would be willing to pay the 
transportation cost. The Pleasant 
Valley church has had electricity by 
R. E. A. since December 13 when it 
was first used at the church to light 
the Christmas tree. 

Dr. Alva J. McClain attended the 
organizational meeting of the Evan- 
gelical Theological Society in Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, recently. About 75 
teachers and scholars were present 
from various conservative Christian 
schools. The purpose of the new 
society is to "foster conservative 
Biblical scholarship." 

The second Sunday in January 
was designated as "Jewish Sunday" 
at the First Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Pastor William Stefifler spoke at both 
services concerning Israel, smd the 
offering was taken for Jewish evan- 
gelism. A recent prayer meeting at 
the church was attended by 130 

New memberships in the Brethren 
Book Club are coming in almost 
daily. Reviews of three more books 
will be found in this issue. Select 
your book, and join the club today. 
Choose more than one book if you 

After many delays, first copies of 
Dr. Florence N. Cribble's book, 
"Stranger Than Fiction," came from 
the bindery January 3. Plenty of 
copies are now available. They may 
be purchased from the Missionary 
Herald for $2.00 each (no discount), 
or you may receive a copy free of 
charge by joining the Brethren Book 

The new mission church in Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa, sent in 13 subscrip- 
tions to the Missionary Herald, mak- 
ing the church 100 per cent. Pastor 
Arnold Kriegbaum and the congre- 
gation are co-operating Ln the city- 
wide evangelistic meetings with 
Merv Resell which began January 8. 

Prayer meeting attendance at 
North Riverdale, Dayton, Ohio, 
reached 71 recently. 

Programs for the World Day of 
Prayer, to be observed Feb. 24, may 
be obtained again this year from the 
American Council of Christian 
Churches, 15 Park Row, New York 
7, N. Y., or from the National Asso- 
ciation of Evangelicals, 542 S. Dear- 
bom St., Chicago 5, 111. 


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Brethren Book Club News for February 

r Three books have been selected 
by your book club committee for 
recommendation and review for the 
month of February. In first place is 
the Moody reprint classic, "The Life 
and Diary of David Brainerd," by 
Jonathan Edwards. The second 
choice is another Moody Press pro- 
duction, "The New Testament in the 
Language of the People," by Charles 
B. Williams. For those who prefer 
fiction, the February offering is 
"Root Out of Dry Ground," by Ar- 
gye M. Briggs. Also, the January 
selections are still available if you 
prefer one of them. 

New members will receive a copy 
of "Stranger Than Fiction," by Dr. 
Florence N. Gribble, free. 

Eiach member receives another 
free book when he has purchased a 
total of four recommended books. 
You may take more than one book a 
month if you wish, but accepting 
only four books a year will keep 
your membership active. 

New members should enclose pay- 
ment in full for their first book. 
After the first month, an invoice is 
enclosed in each book sent, payable 
within 30 days. 

Members will receive the first- 
choice book each month automatic- 
ally unless they indicate otherwise. 
If one of the other books is desired, 
or no book, the blank on the next 
page must be returned promptly. 

Now read the reviews below, se- 
lect your book, and join the growing 
ranks of Brethren people who are 
keeping abreast of the times by 
reading the best in current Chris- 
tian literature. 


By Jonathan Edwards 

With a hiographical sketch of Ed- 
wards by the editor of the present 
edition, Philip E. Howard, Jr. 

How does one live who has com- 
pletely yielded self to the service of 
God? What thoughts are foremost 
in such a one's mind? How does a 
person pray, when, and with what 
soul struggle? What does it mean 

to "pray without ceasing"? Does 
lasting joy come from living the "all- 
out Christian life"? This book has 
the answers to these and many other 
similar questions. 

David Brainerd lived less than 30 
years in his earthly pilgrimage, yet 
what years they were. During the 
years of his active ministry he kept 
a diary and a journal of his daily 
doings. This record was kept very 
faithfully. Yet when Brainerd knew 
he had not many more days on earth 
he wanted this diary destroyed. 
Only after much persuasion was he 
led to preserve most of the records 
and turn them over to Jonathan Ed- 
wards. President Edwards edited 
the diary and journal, putting them 
together in such a fashion as to avoid 
repetition. This volume has just 
been reissued after having been pub- 
lished two centuries ago. 

Furthermore, Mr. Philip E. How- 
ard, of the Sunday School Times, has 
written as a preface to the book a 
brief biography of Jonathan Ed- 
wards, which material alone is worth 
the entire price of the book, or at 
least that is the opinion of this re- 

Don't miss this volume. Get it 
now, read it leisurely and prayer- 
fully, and it will accomplish marvels 
for you in the Christian life. — Con- 
ard Sandy. 

If you want to meet a real man — 
one who wasn't afraid to ride alone 
into the wilderness that was Penn- 
sylvania 200 years ago, sleep in the 
open, listen to the wolves howl for 
his blood, dwell in wigwams and 
bark huts, and that not for worldly 
fame or to win a war but to win 
heathen Indians for Christ — t hen 
read this book. 

Brainerd was a young minister in 
New England and New Jersey when 
George Washington was a boy in 
Virginia. He was studious, devout, 
and pious, but rambunctious enough 
to get thrown out of Yale for criti- 
cising one of the teachers. He oc- 
casionally took a day off for prayer 
and fasting and was faithful in daily 
devotions, yet found time to study, 
to witness, and to buUd a house, and 

to win many heathen Indians for 

He preached a gospel of free grace- 
based on God's sovereign election 
and bought by the precious blood, 
yet lived a life of conscious and ac- 
tive obedience to everything he could 
learn of the ■will of God. 

Incidentally, the biographical 
sketch of the life of his friend and 
biographer, Jonathan Edwards, is 
well worth the price of the book. — 
Robert Duncan Culver. 


By Charles B. Williams 

We once heard of an individual 
who said, "The King James Version 
was good enough for Paul, so it's 
good enough for me." Now, it should 
be remembered that the Authorized 
Version is itself a translation made 
almost four and one-half centuries 
ago. Since that time many changes 
have taken place in the English lan- 
guage. We doubt whether any mod- 
ern translation will ever supplant 
the A. V. with its simplicity and 
majesty, but this does not mean that 
one should refuse to consult a work 
like this. 

Chief among the shortcomings of 
the A. V. is its failure to clearly ren- 
der verbal forms from the Greek. 
The chief excellency of the work be- 
fore us is this very thing. Notice the 
reading of Luke 8:24, "So they came 
to Him and woke Him up, and said, 
'Master, Master, we are perishing!' 
Then He aroused Himself and re- 
proved the wind and the surge of the 
water, and they stopped at once 
[aorist] and instantly there came a 
calm." Such rendering of tense sig- 
nificance is especially helpful to 
those who have had no training in 
Greek. J. R. Mantey says, "We 
concluded that it is the best transla- 
tion of the New Testament in the 
English language." 

We are not saying that this ren- 
dering of the New Testament is 
faultless, but it is the best of the 
modem translations that we are ac- 
quainted with. I am sure you wiU 

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January 14, 1950 



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enjoy reading its free easy-flowing 
style. — Blaine Snyder. 

sinning, because he is born of God." 
— Herman A. Hoyt. 

Many modern translations of the 
New Testament have appeared with- 
in the past 50 years, and each one 
has its own peculiar value in un- 
folding the message of this God- 
given volume. One of the most re- 
cent is the work from the hand of 
Dr. Charles B. Williams, 'The New 
Testament in the Language of the 
People." Dr. Williams is eminently 
fitted to produce such a work as this, 
and has admirably achieved his pur- 

This work will never supplant the 
Authorized Vei-sion now in common 
use everywhere, nor will it set aside 
the American Standard Version, 
which approaches so closely to it in 
usage. But it will become a prized 
volume in the hands of students of 
the New Testament as a help in un- 
derstanding the text of this precious 
volume. It ought to be in the hands 
of every student of the Scriptures 
for its value in throwing light on the 
usage of the Greek verb, so clearly 
has the translator brought out the 
fine shades of meaning. The ren- 
dering of I John 3:9 is almost enough 
to commend the entire volume: "No 
one who is born of God makes a 
practice of sinning, because the God- 
given life-principle continues to live 
in him, and so he cannot practice 


By Argye M. Briggs 

The Scriptural name of this book 
is well chosen. The background of 
the story is truly "dry ground" — 
poverty, filth, laziness, physical and 
mental deformity, lust, greed, crime, 
bitterness. The reformers would say 
that from such an origin nothing 
worth while could come. But from 
such an origin, in a Texas setting, 
comes Jansie, finding the way to 
abundant living in spite of all the 
handicaps. In spite of them? No, 
for she finally learned that even 
these things were permitted by a 
loving, all -wise Father to fit her for 
the most fruitful service. 

Yet the book is not "preachy." It 
is a gripping story that will interest 
both young people and adults. 

This $5,000 prize novel has been 
on the market for about a year but 
it is stUl a best seller. Dr. H. A. 
Ironside says, "I do not know when 
I have read a work of fiction of a 
Christian character that was so real- 
istic and heart-moving." — Miles 

Dr. Charles E. Fuller is celebrat- 
ing the completion of 25 years of 
radio broadcasting this month. 


A Scriptural Outline by 
Rev. Clyde Balyo, Dayton, Ohio 

Introduction: What does the Bible 
teach about hell? 



A. The judgment to come implies 
the existence of hell (Heb. 9:27; 
John 3:16). 

B. The nature of death implies 
the existence of hell (Gen. 35:17, 18; 
Jas. 2:26; Acts 7:59; Eph. 2:1; Rev. 
20:13-15; Rev. 21:8; John 18:12-14). 



A. The passages that so declare 
the existence of hell (Rev. 14:10, 11; 
Matt. 25:41; Matt. 25:30; Mark 9:42- 

B. Disbelief and unbelief cannot 
alter the fact that there is a hell. 

C. The refutation of the belief of 
the annihilation of the soul (Matt. 
2:13; Matt. 22:7; Luke 17:27; Luke 
15:4; Luke 15:8). 



A. Jesus came to earth to save 
men from hell. 

B. Calvary was a blunder of God 
unless there is a hell. 
Conclusion: Thus God has spoken. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 



We have at last purchased a beau- 
tiful new home at 1099 Irene Road, 
Lyndhurst, to be used as a parson- 
age for our pastor, whom we are 
trusting the Lord to send us in the 
very near future. It is located just 
three blocks from the new school, 
and about five minutes' walk from a 
shopping center, and about 10 min- 
utes' walk from our new church. 

We believe the Lord has led us to 
this new location which is one of 
the fastest growing communities 
around Cleveland. New homes are 
shooting up all around us, and right 
across the street from our church 
site 500 new homes will be com- 
pleted during the next year. Our 
church plans are at present in Co- 
lumbus for the O. K. of the public 
building inspectors. We should have 
them back in our hands in a few 
days, then to Lyndhurst City Hall to 
re-zone our property for a church 
and permit; after which we will put 
out the prints and specifications for 
bids. The Lord willing, we expect 
to start our building within the next 
six to eight weeks. 

The Cleveland church has been 
without a full-time shepherd for 
over two years but we thank our 
Lord that He has always provided 
for us on the Lord's Day. We thank 
Bro. Charles Bergerson for his faith- 
fulness to us, and to all the others 
who have ministered to us on the 
Lord's Day. We are at present very 
much in need of a full-time man, 
and anyone who is looking for a 
harvest ripe for the picking should 
get in touch with the members here 
in Cleveland, or with Bro. Lew 
Grubb, our Home Missions Council 
secretary. We wish to thank the 
members of the Home Missions 
Council for their endeavors to get 
us a full-time pastor. We wish to 
thank all throughout the Brother- 
hood who have been remembering 
us in their prayers. We can at last 
see these prayers being answered. 
Please don't let us down now. We 
thank our Lord and Saviour for the 
many, many answered prayers these 
past few years especially. He has 
held our group together and has put 
us to many tests. 

Keep praying for us and we will 
continue to remember you all in our 
prayers. Just a word about the most 
important meeting of the week — 
prayer meeting every Wednesday. 

The new 

parsonage of the 

First Brethren 


Cleveland, Ohio 

purchased from 

A. Siegler and 

Sons for $12,800. 

(Photo by Gene 



Camera Shop.) 

.W^^St, ^^1 "- 

'■.'^■btt > 

It has been an uplift to all of us 
here and we have had some fine 
discussions. At present our subject 
is "Service to Our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ." 

Watch for great things from 
Cleveland, or rather Lyndhurst, in 
the near future. — Harry M. Cole, Sr. 


Although this Modesto church was 
organized and the first building 
erected while I was with the Home 
Missions Council, yet I had never 
been here for a revival. It was 
therefore a real pleasure to work 
in this field for the first time. The 
meeting was arranged on rather 
short notice while we were laboring 
in Tracy, but the Lord blessed from 
the very first night when we had the 
house nearly full to start. 

Attendance held up fine through- 
out the meeting, with extraordinary 
interest shown in the Sunday after- 
noon meetings when we dealt with 
prophetic subjects. The loyalty of 
the members was marked through- 
out the meeting. 

Bro. Harold Painter is the pastor. 
He is a brother-in-law of Charles 
Mayes, pastor at Long Beach. Broth- 
er Painter has worked very hard in 
the construction of the addition to 
the church building. In fact, many 
of the members have given a great 
deal of time to the work of erection. 
This has cut costs. 

This addition is a beautiful audi- 
torium and will seat 350 when it is 
completed. They had hoped to have 

it ready for the meetings but were 
unable to make the wrinkle. 

This field undoubtedly has about 
the finest possibilities when it comes 
to unreached homes around it that 
we have in any field where the 
Brethren Church is working. In or- 
der to reach these homes, we organ- 
ized a Brotherhood of Soul Winners 
among the men of the church. Being 
privileged to remain over for a few 
days after the meeting closed, we 
were able to help them get started 
in organization, and also as to how 
to carry on the work from house to 
house. They were surely fired with 
passion to do something for theii- 
Lord that night. 

God has many choice souls in this 
congregation, and under God they 
will undoubtedly make great strides 
in reaching this field for Christ. They 
will prove to be a great aid to the 
pastor in personal soul winning. I 
believe in the future of Modesto, and 
look forward to reports of rich har- 
vests of souls there in the future if 
Jesus tarries. — R. Paul Miller, evan- 


The First Brethren Church of 
Uniontown has many things for 
which to praise our Lord, but one 
of the outstanding blessings of the 
year was our Thanksgiving Revival 
with Bro. Conard Sandy. Although 
he carries a full load in the Colle- 
giate Division of Grace Seminary, 
Brother Sandy came to us during his 
vacation with messages that were 
used of God to warm our hearts and 

January 14, 1950 


cause them to "bum within us." 
They were Bible messages that chal- 
lenged us to fuller service for our 
Lord. How we praise the Lord for 
these solid Bible messages that 
caused Christians to "grow in grace" 
and which also touched the unsaved 
for Christ. 

There were rededications which 
meant much, because the persons in- 
volved mean business for the Lord; 
there were first-time decisions about 
which we had prayed for some time. 
These new Christians are already 
getting to work in the Lord's service. 
The attendance was such that we 
were assured that the messages were 
having their effect in the hearts of 
the hearers. 

We were also blessed during the 
meetings with good music. Bro. 
Ralph Burns, member of the Third 
Church, Philadelphia, and a student 
at Grace Seminary, Collegiate Divi- 
sion, directed the singing and special 
music. Ralph did special work with 
the young people and was a real 
help in other ways. Mrs. Bums was 
with us for one week-end and as- 
sisted with the chOdren's work. 

The First Brethren Church would 
like to express appreciation for the 
ministry of Brethren Sandy and 
Burns because the Lord used them 
to bring real blessing to us here at 
Uniontown. — C ly d e K. Landrum, 


The Yellow Creek Brethren 
Church, Yellow Creek, Pa., conduct- 
ed a two-weeks evangelistic meeting 
under the leadership of Bro. Paul L. 
Mohler, pastor of the Listie Brethren 
Church, Listie, Pa., October 24 to 
November 6. Cottage prayer meet- 
ings were held in preparation for 
the coming meetings and a spirit of 
revival prevailed from the start. The 
attendance and interest were good 
throughout the entire two weeks. 

The number of decisions for the 
two weeks was 12 — three confes- 
sions of faith, three for membership, 
and six rededications of life. Three 
of those who made decisions for 
Christ were baptized by the pastor. 
These three baptisms were the 
means of uniting three entire fam- 
ilies in our vvoi'k at Yellow Creek, 
for which we praise God. 

We are thankful for the growth of 
the work, as there have been 14 
members accepted into our fellow- 
ship since Easter Sunday. God has 
truly blessed both spiritually and 
materially, and we trust that should 


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"Even before I knew anything 
about the Brethren Church, I was 
baptizing believers in the Brethren 
manner, by trine immersion, forward 
action." Thus writes Dr. Randall L. 
Rossman, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Altoona, Pa., concerning 
h i s experiences in t h e Methodist 
Church and the I. F. C. A. during 
his earlier ministry. 

Brother Rossman was born at 
Pleasant Gap, Pa., Sept. 14, 1897, and 
was converted 15 years later in a 
Methodist revival meeting. He was 
reared on a farm near State College, 
Pa., being one of a family of nine 
children. His parents were Chris- 
tians, and he attended Sunday school 

Shortly after his conversion he felt 
called to the ministry. He would go 
to the barn and preach to the horses 
and cattle, but he abandoned this 
practice when he learned that there 
were others in his audience. At the 
age of 17 he was licensed to preach 
by the Methodist Church. 

Brother Rossman took one year of 
training at the Williamsport Dickin- 
son Seminary, and one term at the 
Moody Bible Institute. Leaving 
Moody because of illness, he later 
studied two years at the Bible Insti- 
tute of Pennsylvania and four years 
at Temple Bar College, receiving the 
Th.B. degree from the latter school. 
His age and other circumstances pro- 
hibited his taking further training in 
residence, so he continued by cor- 
respondence with the Moody Bible 
Institute, the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles, and the American Bible 
College. From the latter institution 
he received the M. A. and Th.D. de- 
grees, as well as the honorary de- 
gree. Doctor of Divinity. 

His first pastorate in the Method- 
ist Church consisted of a circuit of 
six churches and one schoolhouse. 
He preached four times each Sun- 
day, traveling 18 miles by tram and 
walking nine miles to reach h i s 

preaching points. The salary was 
$600 per year. 

Brother Rossman was ordained to 
the Christian ministry by the I. F. C. 
A. in Cicero, lU., in 1933, and for the 
next three years he pastored an in- 
dependent church. In 1936 he united 
with the Brethren church in Juniata, 
and later that year he was ordained 
to the Brethren ministry. 

His first Brethren pastorate was 
the First Church, Altoona, Pa., 1937- 
42. After a short pastorate in Graf- 
ton, W. Va., where he resigned be- 
cause of ill health, he accepted a 
call to Clay City, Ind., serving there 
from 1942 to 1945. Following a few 
months in Leamersville, Pa., he re- 
turned to his first pastorate in Al- 
toona, where he has served since 

During the years. Brother Ross- 
man has engaged in several other 
fields of employment. In 1918-19 he 
served for a year in France with the 
Army. For nine years he was a 
mail carrier. He was a guard in a 
Pennsylvania penitentiary for 16 
months, and a mail censor in the 
same institution for 27 months. 

His w i f e, the former Viola A. 
Elder, is from State College, Pa. 
They were married after his return 
from service in France. She is a 
Bible school teacher and young peo- 
ple's worker. They have a daugh- 
ter, Ruth, and a son, Donald. 

Randall Rossman is 6 feet tall, 
weighs 215 pounds, has brown eyes, 
and dark brown (graying) hair. 

the Lord tarry we shall see a gi'eater 
harvest of souls in the coming year. 
Brother Mohler preached the 
Word, using no high-pressure meth- 
ods in evangelism. He is a man«of 
prayer, and uses sane methods in his 

personal work. We enjoyed work- 
ing with Brother Mohler in these 
meetings and having him in our 
homes these two weeks. We covet 
your prayers. — Sheldon W. Snyder, 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

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Payment should accompany order, and no discounts can be allowed. Orders must reach our office by 
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Missionary Books 

Reg. Sale 

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Cunningham, Rosemary. . . .UNDER A THATCHED ROOF IN A BRAZIUAN JUNGLE. . . . $1.50 $1.00 

Deck, Northcote SOUTH FROM GUADALCANAL 1.50 .75 

Fried, Ralph REACHING ARABS FOR CHRIST 1.50 1.00 

Goforth, Jonathan MIRACLE LIVES OF CHINA 1.50 1.00 

Goforth, Rosalind CHINESE DIAMONDS 1.00 .50 

Goforth, Rosalind CLIMBING 2.00 1.25 

Grubb, Norman P WITH C. T. STUDD IN CONGO FORESTS 2.50 1.50 

Grubb, Norman P AFTER C. T. STUDD 2.00 1.25 


Miller, Basil J. HUDSON TAYLOR, FOR GOD AND CHINA 1.50 1.00 



Moennich, Martha L EUROPE BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN 2.00 1.50 

Mueller, J. Theodore GREAT MISSIONARIES TO AFRICA 1.50 1.00 

Mueller, J. Theodore GREAT MISSIONARIES TO CHINA 1.50 .85 

Mueller, J. Theodore GREAT MISSIONARIES TO THE ORIENT 1.50 1.00 

Mueller, J. Theodore JOHN G. PATON 1.50 1.00 

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Aldamo, Manuel Garrido. .FROM ROMAN PRIEST TO RADIO EVANGELIST 1.50 1.00 

Alexander, Walter R HOLY HOURS IN THE HOLY LAND 1.50 1.00 

John Bechtel PERLA OF THE WALLED CITY (Fiction) 1.00 .75 

Bingham, Helen V AN IRISH SAINT (Life of Ann Preston) 1.25 .75 

Engstrom, T. W MY DAILY GUIDE 50 .25 


Garrett, Ray E WILLIAM EDWARD BIEDERWOLF (Biography) 1.50 1.00 

Knight, William A A LOVELY FIND 50 .25 

Kuyper, Abraham WOMEN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT 1.50 1.00 

Larson, Mel GIL DODDS, THE FLYING PARSON 1.50 .75 

Laurin, Roy L ADVENTURES IN A NEW LIFE 1.00 .75 

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January 14, 1950 23 

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"Help those women" (Phil. 4:3). 

While God evidently never authorized the ordination 
of women as preachers or evangelists, yet women have 
always had a large place in God's arrangement for reach- 
ing the world for Christ. 

The Apostle Paul never placed a woman as pastor of 
any of the new churches which he founded. Yet he did 
use them largely in the work of the churches. Euodias 
and Syntyche were very evidently prominent in the 
Philippi church, even though they seemed unable to get 
along too well together! Priscilla was an outstanding 
teacher of the Word. Tryphena and Tryphosa were both 
laborers together with Paul at Rome. 

In all of the active labors of the church women have 
carried by far the greater part of the load. They have 
predominated in teaching in the Sunday schools, at 
prayer meeting, in visitation, and in almost every part 
of every church. About three-fourths of the personnel 
of all missionary work in the world consists of women. 
Some of the grandest and most thrilling labors and sac- 
rifices ever made on foreign fields have been made by 
women. Little wonder then, that women should have a 
large part in evangelism in this country. 

I. First of all, women have a great part in evangelism 
through PRAYER. Even though they may not preach 
the Gospel, they can surely get hold of God in prayer. 
At the beginning of every campaign when prayer is 
organized, the majority of responses are women. As 
the meeting progresses, men begin to feel the weight of 
the burden for souls and begin to gather in. But it is 
the women who constitute the backbone of every prayer 
effort in the church, with few exceptions. 

Some women have become mighty in wrestling with 
God for souls. In a campaign in Ohio not long ago one 
of the faithful women had a husband who had opposed 
the Gospel all his life. He had made life a veritable hell 
for her. He had ridiculed her. He had ridiculed the 
church. He scofifed at Christian things before their 
children. But she kept right on praying for him and 
keeping sweet. Her faithfulness had kept her children 
from drifting into sin. The meeting came along. She 
was in every prayer meeting. Her tears were many. 
Her burden became so great that she lost her appetite. 


One day her husband came into the house and heard her 
on her face pleading with God for his salvation. It 
struck him like a thunderbolt. For the first time in 
years he went to church that night. At the invitation he 
leaped to his feet and came forward. His wife was sit- 
ting in another part of the room and did not know he 
had gone. When she learned it, she pushed her way 
through the crowd to the front, threw her arms around 
him and looking up to heaven, cried, "O God, thank you 
for answering 24 years of prayer tonight." That home 
was transformed because she clung faithfully to God in 

II. Women have a real part in evangelism in CHIL- 
DREN'S WORK. Here is one work where true Chris- 
tion women excel. Some of the grandest stories ever 
told in heaven will be of faithful women who are today 
at great personal sacrifice gathering in the children and 
bringing them to Christ. Fully 80% of the children of 
America live in homes where parents make no effort 
whatever to bring their children to Christ. Some great 
women are having a great and eternal motherhood in 
bringing in these children to their own homes, to other 
women's homes, and to churches, and in schools, and 
giving them the Gospel. I would almost say that this is 
the greatest field of evangelism for women. The field 
has hardly been touched. Instead of feeling that because 
they cannot be foreign missionaries that therefore they 
can do nothing for Christ, let our women begin gather- 
ing in the lost lambs of America to Christ. 

III. Women may have a great part in evangelism 
through PERSONAL SOUL WINNING. The idea that 
because a woman has a home to care for that therefore 
she has no opportunities for winning souls, is ridiculous. 
There is the milk man, the grocer, the meter man, the 
baker, the clerk in the store, the many salesmen of 
radios, vacuum sweepers, insurance, and many other 
things. They come right to the door. Then there are 
the countless neighbors whose hearts are full of sin, and 
whose homes and lives are most unhappy as a result. 

Recently, during a very precious revival, one husband 
and wife became greatly burdened because of their 
fruitless Christian lives. They had grown careless, 
prayerless, and cold. One night they came forward in 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

deep repentance. Immediately that little woman became 
a firebrand for God. She brought a yoimg man in her 
own household. Then she brought a woman in her 
house. Then she started on her friends and neighbors. 
She said to me, "Brother Miller, I have wasted so many 
years I must make up for them now as best I can." 
Night after night she brought them in. One night there 
were 30 people in the audience because of her faithful 
testimony. Many of them came to Christ. Several 

homes were made Christian. She never prayed but 
with many tears. If, as Jesus said, there is joy in heaven 
"over one sinner that repenteth," they must have had a 
hallelujah time in glory as heaven watched that little 
form going up and down the streets of that city seeking 
the lost. 

God grant that our Brethren women shall awaken now 
in these days of opportunity's setting sun, and bring in 
the lost. 

As I clung to the clothesline the other day trying to 
secure the wet clothes against a biting and strong wind 
I prayed for physical strength to complete the job and 
get the clothes up. I also prayed for something else. 
"Dear Father God, the boy who fits into this polo shirt 
is so impetuous. Give me wisdom to direct his think- 
ing. This little dress. Lord, so soon outgrown. May 
she at an early age want to be clothed in Thy righteous- 
ness and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as her Saviour. 
These pajsimas — how angelic the lad looks in them when 
he's asleep. When he's trying to me, please help me to 
remember he's just a boy in need of firm discipline tem- 
pered with love. And these huge socks, Lord. How 
this teen-ager, whose disposition is undergoing changes 
as is his voice, needs guidance. Sometimes he doesn't 
know what makes him touchy and moody, and I hardly 
know how to deal with him. But Lord, they are all 
Thine. The winds of life and time are more devastating 
and bitter than these winter winds I'm wrestling with 
now. Secure the souls of these, my children, against 
the ravages of the icy winds of the arch enemy of our 
souls, and use each child, for Christ's sake." 

Isn't it wonderful that a clothesline can be a "prayer 
closet"? Maybe that's one reason why hanging up the 
clothes to dry is a mother's job. 

In a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine the 
story is told of a family who in this day and age have 
reared 14 children, and they are all their own! (The 
mother is in good health, too.) They make no secret of 
the fact that it was a real job and often the going was 
rough. The father is a physician and the pull up has 
been slow and long. But as far as they are concerned, 
it's been worth every struggle. They are Catholics and 
of the 14 children, five are already given to the "church" 
— a son is a priest and four daughters are "sisters" 
teaching in parochial schools. 

Now we're not necessarily advocating 14 children to 
every Brethren family. Nor even half that number. But 
this suggestion comes from our heart. What a blessing 
the Brethren Church could be to the world if larger 
Brethi-en families were reared in the "nurture and ad- 
monition of the Lord" and sent out to win the lost to 



"Greetings From the Land of the Pharaohs" — Mission 


"From Canaan to Egypt"— Bible Study 

Argentina — 

February 2 Mrs. Jack B. Churchill 

United States — 

February 26 Mrs. J. Keith Altig 

(Address c/o Long Beach Church, 5th & Cherry) 



Each month you wUl find a question or two on the life 
of one of our foreign missionaries. If you can tell who 
the missionary is, sit right down and put the name on a 
sheet of paper and send to your W. M. C. Editor. If you 
don't know right off, then get busy and look it up. Go 
to your pastor if you have to, but get that answer and 
send it in. All answers must be mailed no later than 
the third Saturday of each month. At the end of our 
W. M. C. year a worth-while gift wUl be awarded the 
lady who sent in the most correct answers. Let's go, 

What missionary was first attracted to the Brethren 
Church because of their beautiful congregational sing- 
ing? What church did this singing and how did the mis- 
sionary hear the singing? 

In answering these questions each month be sure to 
mention the date of the Herald so there will be no con- 
fusion. Thank you. 


President — Mrs. Edward Bowman, Rt. 1, Garwin, Iowa. 
Vice-President— Mrs. Grant McDonald, Rt. 1, Box 29K, 

Ramona, Calif. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Robert Ashman, 36 East 

Warren St., Peru, Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Chester McCall, 

3421 W. 82nd PL, Inglewood, Calif. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. Miles Taber, Winona Lake, 

Prayer Chairman — Miss Mary Emmert, Dallas Center, 

Editor — Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, 1511 Maiden Lane, 

S. W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

Januarf 14,1950 




This article on CHINA is the W. M. C. mission study 
jor February. It was originally written last May in time 
to be included on your program, sheets. It was mailed, 
but somehow lost in the shuffle of m.oving.. Please keep 
this January Herald handy so you'll have this mission 
study available for your February meeting. — Editor. 

Four hundred and fifty million people who make up 
the "nation of antiquity" are today in the throes of a 
mighty political upheaval. Back of this sweeping, god- 
less Communism in China is a history replete with 
heathen idolatrous worship. Instead of being invaded 
by the Gospel of the living Christ, China has been ex- 
ploited by so-called Christian nations and left exposed, 
wounded, and bleeding. On this festering sore the 
hordes of anti-god feed. 

China is primarily a land of people. Crowding one 
another on narrow paths between rice fields, jostling 
each other in narrow city streets, straining every sinew 
to survive on near-starvation rations, they have no hope 
for today nor for tomorrow. Ranging in class from the 
elegantly gowned in brocaded silks to the scantUy cov- 
ered with filthy, vermin-laden rags, this one-fifth of the 
human race is being swept into eternity with no knowl- 
edge that God loves them through Christ. How can they 
know that God yearns over them with a great longing 
that they may be snatched from Satan's clutches if we 
don't do the "snatching"? Everywhere in the cities of 
China there are evidences of American enterprise. Coca 
Cola, the Ford, American-made soap, gas stations, and 
branches of New York banks show a real interest in 
China for the mighty dollar. If Christians had only been 
as enterprising in winning the Chinese to Christ as 
business men have been in making money, the story in 
China would read differently today. How long shall we 
continue to fail God and the Chinese? 

The "roof of the world," Tibet, borders southwest 
China. Tibetans are a people steeped in religion; in- 
deed, they know no civil government. Their heathen 
priesthood leech the ignorant masses and keep them 
under satanic rule. Though Tibet is a difficult land to 
penetrate from the standpoint of missionaries, many 
Tibetans live within the borders of China and are reach- 
able with the Gospel. 

Southwest China is peopled with aborigines. Sep- 
arate languages for each tribe make evangelization here 
very difficult but not impossible. Missionary work 
among these people has been fruitful but so inadequate. 
God give us vision. 

Student evangelism is a wide-open field in China. 
Science is the god of the students. It is fashionable to 
attempt to explain the universe apart from God. Though 
it is true that since the war many Chinese students have 
been disillusioned by discovering "science is not al- 
mighty," they are still hard to convince that Christ is al- 
mighty in their behalf. They have seen so much of pro- 
fessed Christianity not backed up by the living. The 
influence of "humanized" Christianity is deadening on 
the students, for they know only of Christ. What they 
need is to be brought face to face with Jesus Christ as 


Redeemer. Prejudice through misunderstanding is a 
problem when attempting to reach young China with the 
Gospel. Organized opposition to the Gospel is a thing 
of the past, though how soon it will again emerge under 
the sway of Communism cannot be forecast. China's 
university students are important to win to Christ be- 
cause in this land of mass illiteracy it is almost certain 
that the university student will land in a position of im- 
portance in the government. The saved Chinese official 
can be a key man for Christ in this heathen-ridden land 
God give us men to reach these students. 

Medical work is another key to the unlocking of 
hearts' doors in China. Leprosy, that dread disease 
which makes outcasts of helpless men and women is now 
yielding in some cases to therapy. Where the few lepers 
are being reached with the Gospel through hospitaliza- 
tion and care, a great many are giving evidence of being 
born again. Where evangelical missions and mission- 
aries are first preaching Christ and then treating sick 
bodies, God is honoring and salvation is being wrought. 
God give us physicians and nurses. 

The key to overcoming illiteracy is the new phonetic 
system of teaching the language. The greatest single 
hindrance to the propagation of the Gospel has been 
the appalling illiteracy of the great masses of Chinese. 
A scant ten per cent of the entire population is able to 
read at aU. With so few missionaries to do the telling 
and no way of getting the Gospel out by way of litera- 
ture, it can be readily understood why China has been 
slow in turning to Christ. God give us linguists for 

The Republic of China whose economic and social sys- 
tem centers in the clan (the clan including the dead as 
well as the living) has been further stifled in hearing 
and accepting the Gospel of Christ by its confusion of 
religions. Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Animism, 
Mohammedanism, materialism, atheism — all add to the 
babel of sounds from Satan's workshop designed by 
Christianity's arch-enemy to turn mankind from the call 
of Christ. 

Despite the varied and extremely difficult obstacles 
to be overcome in reaching this land of "people" for 
Christ, it is 7iot an impossible order. "Go in and possess 
the land" is a challenge to us from Jehovah. Possess it 
through earnest, agonizing prayer. Possess it by gifts so 
that more ambassadors may take the good news. Pos- 
sess it by going in person that His command to "Go ye 
therefore and disciple all nations" may find fulfillment 
in vou. 

January. 1950, is the final month for our W. M. C. 
FOREIGN MISSIONS offering. All money should be 
sent no later than February 10th to our Financial 
Secretary-Treasurer, MRS. CHESTER McCALL, 3421 
W. 82nd PL. Inglewood. Calif. Please do not send any 
offerings to the. Editor. Our goal is $1,800.00. Let's 
make it a hallelujah offering and go over the top. 

The Brethren Missioriary Herald 

"Many women today lack leisure simply because 
they lack system. The American woman hardly ex- 
ists, in these days of simplified living, who cannot 
spare an hour or two a day for the thing she goes 
through life lamenting that she cannot do. Not lack 
of time but sheer wanton waste of time lies behind 
the disgruntled letters I receive, the thwarted men as 
well as women I meet; waste of time and often nat- 
ural indolence." — Rinehart — Reader's Digest. 


Yesterday, I builded me a castle, in the air, 

Nor did I doubt my workmanship and cunning skill and 

In shaping costly timbers, and priceless marbles rare 
Into a castle beautiful, and strong beyond compare. 
But I gave no room for Christ the Master Builder there. 

Today, my castle crumbled; I rejoiced to see it fall; 
Axid from the shattered ruins, I built a cottage small 
Whose every door and window, whose every floor and 

Bids welcome to the stranger, and halt, and blind, who 

For Christ the Master Builder planned and ratified it all. 

Tomorrow I am moving somewhere up on Golden Street; 
My home may be a mansion, or a modest wee retreat. 
'Twill be a house not made with hands, where angel 

choirs meet 
To voice the grateful, perfect praise my lips would fain 

When I lay my treasures at the Master Builder's feet. 
— Mrs. Belle Zook, Huntington, Ind. 

[This poem was written in 1938 on Sister Zook's 70th 
birthday. She is now 82 years young and says, "My next 
promotion is to heaven, and my suitcase is all packed." 
Pi-aise God for such "packed suitcases." — Editor] 


Limestone, Tenn. 

We will venture a brief report of our W. M. C. since 
much time has elapsed since you have heard from us 
direct. Ours is one of the small councils with some of 
the usual handicaps. But by the grace of God we at- 
tempt to do something in the great cause of making 
Christ known to a lost world. Our aim is just that our 
labors will not be dead works. 

In some measure we succeeded in making all the 
objectives of local, district, and national work the past 
year. Space forbids our enumerating all of them but 
we will mention two things that were new to us. At our 
interesting mothers and daughters meeting a junior W. 
M. C. was organized with about 19 members. This meets 
a need here though we did regret losing two of our 
members to oversee the council which has started out 
in a fine way. 

The second new thing was some of our members went 
over to Johnson City, Tenn., one evening in late summer 
to help organize a W. M. C. in the new church there. 
They need our prayers as it is an entirely new venture 
for all of them. 

Already this year we have had a new thing come our 

way, that of being hostess to our District W. M. C. 
women for our fall rally, Sept. 27. Two hundred or more 
miles they came, 27 strong. Our Johnson City women 
were also represented and moreover four Brethren pcis- 
tors graced the day. At least they had sweet fellowship 
together, helped in the eating, and each of them gave a 
cheerful message at the evening service. All this was 
interesting to an isolated group such as we. It was good 
to meet our fine district women in person. 

We are off to a fair start in this present year's work. 
The collection of clothing for Kentucky is on its way. 
May our prayers and good wishes for all our W. M. C. 
sisters be reciprocated. May the Lord be praised in all 
our work. — Mary Pence, Cor. Sec. 

[Let's have more "Newsnatches" from the councUs 
throughout the Brotherhood. Get busy and send one to 
the Editor today.] 


(Jeep for Taos Nat. W. M. C. Project) 

Atlantic District 

Allentown, Pa. ... 
Hagerstown, Md. . 
Washington, D. C. 
Winchester, Va. . . 


LeamersviUe, Pa 11.24 

Martinsburg. Pa 16.15 

OS^Unlontown, Pa 5.00 

Yellow Creek, Pa 5.50 

California District 


Long Beach, 1st 

San Diego 

Seal Beach 

South Gate 

South Pasadena 

Central District 

Flora. Ind. . . 
Leesburg, Ind. 
Osceola, Ind. 

East District 

Aleppo, Pa 

Johnstown. Pa.. 1st 
Kittarming, Pa 








Northern Ohio District 

Akron (Ellet), Ohio 15.00 

Canton, Ohio 16.00 

Danville, Ohio 7.65 

Homerville, Ohio 7.00 

Mansfield, Ohio 46.03 

Rittman, Ohio 25.00 

Northwest District 
Harrah, Wash 

Southeast District 

Covington. Va 

Limestone. Tenn 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) ... 

Midwest District 
Portis, Kans 19.70 



Our total W. M. C. Home Missions offering for the Jeep for Taos 
(last year's project) is ?1,734.86. 

(Signed) Mrs. Chester McCall. 
, Wat. Financial Secretary-Treasurer. 

Corrected Report 

The following oiferings received and credited to other councils in 
error as issued in the September Herald: 

East District — Summit Mills Brethren, Meyersdale, Pa., Home Mis- 
sions $10.00. 

Northern Ohio District— Middlebranch. Ohio. General Fund, $10.00, 
Home Missions, $5.00, and Publications, $10.00. 


A young wife and husband were playing bridge whist 
at a party given in their fashionable Kansas City apart- 

The husband made a poor play. 

The wife called him a "bum bridge player." 

He slapped her face. 
She shot him. 
The jury called it an 
The exonerated wife 


weeps because of the nervous 
strain of losing her husband and being tried for murder. 
This story suggests all kinds of morals, but I shall only 
quote from a letter written by the Apostle Paul about 
nineteen centuries ago: "This know that in the last days 
perilows times shall come: jor men shall he lovers of 
their own selves . . . without natural affection . .. . fierce 
. . . heady . . . lovers of pleasure more than lovers of 
God" (II Tim. 3:1-4).— Aba J. McClain. 

January 14, 1950 


At Jesus' Feet 

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou 
shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to 
do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make 
thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. — 
Joshua 1 :8. 


LET'S SING— "Mary and Martha Sisterhood." 

POEM— "Mary and Martha." 


THEME SONG— "At the Feet of Jesus." 


DEVOTIONAL TOPIC— Use the one suited for your 


MISSIONARY CHILDREN— The Goodman children. 



Each letter in a cryptogram is a substitute for another 
letter. For instance, in this cryptogram, F stands for B. 
When you have found which letters in the puzzle have 
replaced the proper letters in the answer, they will spell 
out one of the verses in Luke 11 or 12. 

NOTICE!!! Do not send your offerings for the well to 
Dorothy Dunbar. Send them to the National Sisterhood 
Treasurer, Miss Pauline Helsel, 802 Third Avenue, Dun- 
cansville, Pa. Also your offering for the General Fund 
should be sent to Pauline before the 31st of January. 


"Prayer Changes Things" 

Pray that our lessons this year will be used to 
strengthen each S. M. M. girl for the Lord's service. 

Pray definitely for our Sisterhood projects. And 
do your part. 

Pray for our missionary boys and girls. 

Remember the new Sisterhoods and the new S. M. 
M. girls. 

Remember the requests of your local group. 


Just now, before our eyes is placed 

A page most white and fair, 
And when this year from us has passed 

What shall be written there? 

Upon it, we with eager hand 

Might write a schedule there, 
With joy and love for every month 

And days most bright and fair. 

"Tis true, we'd write upon this page, 

The words of faith and prayer. 
And deeds of love to those in pain — 

But lo! a voice we hear. 

A hand that's pierced now holds a pen 

Ah, wilt thou trust it there 
Upon this page to write His plan, 

For you this coming year. 

We lift our eyes and now behold 

•His face most sweetly fair. 
Because of thorn-prints on His brow 

And a trace of sorrow there. 

" 'Tis better that thou knowest not 

The path that lies before, 
For then I'll lead thee by the hand. 

And thou shalt trust Me more." 

So now, we bow our heads in prayer. 
These words shall be our plea — 

"Oh Holy Master, write for us. 
The plan that pleaseth Thee." 

our literature secretary, has a free copy for each of you 
junior Sisterhoods who are using the Wordless Books 
and who do not have a copy of "How to Use the Word- 
less Book." Send now while the supply lasts. Addi- 
tional copies can be purchased from the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Co. Price list is on the back of the 
booklet. Perhaps you combined and intermediate Sis- 
terhoods are using the Wordless Books and would like 
a copy also. Send now! 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


Anne Jeanette Goodman was bom October 27, 1948, at 
the medical guest house at Yaloke, with Dr. Taber and 
Miss Tyson officiating. 

At three weeks she had a 215-mile trip to Njoro. The 
first Sunday she was home, over 200 natives came up to 
the house to see her. They filed by one by one for 
awhile and then they all crowded around. It was the 
first new white baby that many had ever seen. Davy 
probably was the first white baby they had ever seen, 
but he was over a year old when we went to Njoro. 
Three weeks later she had a 115-mile trip to Bozoimi 
and then she had three different mothers for the next 
three weeks while her mother was in the hospital. After 
we returned to Njoro this time, she didn't leave the sta- 
tion for six months. 

At eight months she took her first airplane ride from 
Bangui to Paris and from Paris to New York. Anne 
wasn't as fond of the trip as Davy. She was sick part of 
the way. (She picked this time to cut her first tooth.) 

She is happy and full of life and never still a minute. 
She has started to do things quite young. 

Anne is fond of the natives, too. She always bright- 
ened up when they came around. Of coxu-se they think 
that she is about it, although the males are interested 
mostly in males. 

T'?\<' ,f ■ 

David George Goodman was bom April 21, 1947, at 
the Presbyterian Hospital in Cameroun, Africa, on 
Grandpa George Hay's birthday. 

When he was two weeks old, he had a 700-niile trip 
from Cameroun to Bozoum. It took four days on Af- 
rican roads. He didn't mind the trip, but slept all the 
time in his basket. 

In June, 1949, he had his first airplane ride and he 
loved it. On our way home he would keep calling for 
the boys. He couldn't figure out why there weren't any 
natives around. I think that he really misses them. 

He has always loved the natives and they love him. A 
white child is the center of attraction and the mission- 
ary is able to get closer to them when they have chil- 
dren. The natives can understand white children better 
than their parents. Davy loved to show his toys to the 
natives. They always get a kick out of the white man's 
ideas. He would go into the kitchen and sing several 
native tunes with the boys. They thought it was won- 
derful when he sang in Sango. 

Davy is a happy, good-natured boy and has been 
about average in doing things, except talking. I believe 
it is because he heard so many languages. Since arriv- 
ing home he has really started. Every once in a while 
he will say some Sango word which we didn't know that 
he knew. I guess that he hasn't forgotten Africa all 

Everything is so new to him in the U. S. A. that he 
has trouble seeing everything. He loves the cars and 
always wants to take a ride. It is so different here than 
in Njoro, where for six months the only rides he got 
were when his daddy went to the bush. One of the boys 
would take him in the "pick-up" to the bottom of the 
hiU and carry him up and his daddy would continue his 
trip. Every time that he would hear his daddy retiun- 
ing one of the boys would grab Davy and meet the pick- 



up at the bottom of the hill so that he could have an- 
other ride. 

The natives will miss Davy, too. One of the last 
things that the boys said as we were leaving was, "Be 
sure and take good care of Davy." 


We are so glad that once again we can send out to you 
news from other Sisterhood groups. We trust that your 
group is busy learning at Jesus' feet, and in serving 
Him. Let us know what your group is doing and of the 

blessings you are experiencing this year in Sisterhood. 

* * ♦ 

The Junior Sisterhood of Mundy's Comer is busy 
again this year. Already they have rolled their ban- 
dages and each girl has made a doll for the children in 
Kentucky. This Sisterhood is one of the few S.M.M.'s 
that has been an Honor Sisterhood every year for the 

past five years. 

* * » 

The girls in Alexandria, Va., are making children's 
quilts. They have already finished one and are working 
on another one. They have gained a new member. They 

are planning to roll bandages in the near future. 

* * * 

The Fremont Avenue girls of South Pasadena, Calif., 
are very active. They have three Sisterhood groups. 
The Intermediate S.M.M. was just organized recently. 
At their first meeting they had election of officers and 
then a beautiful candlelight and installation service 
conducted by Mrs. Thomas Hammers. The Senior girls 
recently had their regular meeting at the home of their 
patroness, ending with a slumber party in which "the 
girls talked on thru the wee hours of the morning." 
They also rolled bandages at their party and had a 
lovely breakfast. The Junior girls have their regular 

January 14, 1950 


meetings, too. There are four Senior girls who are 
preparing for definite full-time Christian service. They 
are sending offerings to the Jewish work and to workers 
in New Mexico, besides their offerings for the Sisterhood 


* » * 

We have another new Junior Sisterhood at South 
Gate, Calif. They started meetings last June, but now 
they have organized and are working on the goals and 
projects. They have 17 members and are expecting 

more shortly. Pray for this new group. 

* * # 

We have another new Sisterhood at Vicksburg, Pa. 
At the first meeting of this group, Pauline Helsel, a na- 
tional officer, instructed them about the details of or- 
ganizing. They have 15 girls in their Sisterhood. Re- 
member these girls in prayer, too, as they get started in 


* * * 

The Sisterhood at Portis, Kans., read their Bible- 
reading at their meetings and then have the flannelgraph 
pictures of what they have read. They each have a 
Gospel of Luke and mark it as they go along. They 
have had many projects already this year. They sent 
communion cups to Spanish mission points, sent toys to 
Jack Green to take to the children in Baja California, 
sent a box of clothing to Taos, N. Mex., and bought 
chorus books for their group. They have a real wooden 
wishing well in which they are collecting their offering 

for the project. They plan to roll bandages soon. 

» * « 

Another Sisterhood has been born! This S.M.M. is at 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. Its name is the "Marv 

Water for 

Emmert Chapter." It is rather large and healthy, with 
12 members. It is growing daily. It is composed of 
high school, college, and seminary girls. Pray for it, 
will you? . . ♦ 

Another newly organized Sisterhood at Ellet is in the 
process of rolling bandages and making stuffed toys for 
Home Missions. They also make calls on the sick and 
take a gift. This in an Intermediate Sisterhood group. 
They also took part in a candlelight service for the com- 
bined S.M.M. groups. In December the W.M.C. gave a 
banquet for the S.M.M. girls and the men. The Inter- 
mediate girls decorated the tables. 
* ♦ * 

The Sisterhood girls of Juniata, Altoona, Pa., recently 
enjoyed a moonlight hike. They are also planning a 
slumber party and a progressive dinner. Their local 
project is to buy a medicine cabinet for the ladies room 
and keep it in supplies. 

MARY AND MARTHA (Luke 10:39, 40) 

Martha was busy and hurried, 

Serving the Friend divine. 
Cleansing the cups and the platters, 

Bringing the bread and the wine; 
But Martha was careful and anxious. 

Fretted in thought and word. 
She had no time to be learning 

While she was serving the Lord, 
For Martha was cumbered with serving, 

Martha was troubled with things^ 
Those that would pass with the using — 

She was forgetting her wings. 

But Mary was quiet and peaceful, 

Learning to love and to live; 
Mary was learning His precepts, 

Mary was letting Him give — 
Give of the riches eternal. 

Treasures of mind and of heart; 
Learning the mind of the Master, 

Choosing the better part. 

Do we ever labor at serving 

Till voices grow fretful and shrill. 
Forgetting how to be loving. 

Forgetting how to be still? 
Do we strive for things in possession 

And toil for the perishing meat, 
Neglecting the one thing needful — • 

Sitting at Jesus' feet? 

Service is good when He asks it, 

Labor is right in its place. 
But there is one thing better — 

Looking up into His face; 
There is so much He would tell us 

Truths that are precious and deep, 
This is the place where He wants us. 

These are the things we can keep. 

Annie Johnson Flint. 

•a^OMBei^^^t '_ ^^^^=££ 


President— June Bowser. R. D. 2. Box 135. Brookville. Ohio. 
Vice-President— Harriet Steffler, 3541 N. Ella St.. Philadelphia 34, Pa. 
Oeneral Secretary— Ruth Ringler. R. D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 
Treasurer— Pauline Helsel. 802 Third Ave.. Duncansville. Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Donna Moine. Winona Lake. Ind 
Patroness— Mrs. H. W. Koontz. Winona Lake. Ind 
Assistant Patroness— Mrs. Arthur Carey. R. D. 2. Troy Ohio 
Bandage Secretary— Helen Taber. Winona Lake. Ind. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

^ At TpSUS' K^Pt ^^^ Place of Healing and Forgiveness 



A million lights sparkled at us from the soft darkness. 
Southern California's increasing population is revealing 
itself in the multiplying lights along the highways. 
From inljind mountain area to coast highway and into 
metropolitan Los Angeles we ^ve^e intrigued by the 
varied illumination. Deep in the city, out of the night 
sky, there loomed tier upon tier of evenly arranged 
lights. We recognized it as the great City and County 
Hospital. Our hearts saddened involuntarily. The 
journey itself was a joyous occasion. We were to func- 
tion at a lovely wedding. But behind the walls of this 
beautiful and famous building lay untold suffering. 
Many times had we ministered there. Sometimes we 
dealt with the unsaved; often to cheer an ailing saint, 
and occasionally to stay through night hours with a 
dying patient. The pictures of human suffering will not 
erase from our minds. My mind turned to this article, 
with the subject of "Healing." 

At the reception, following. the wedding, we talked 
with the "maid of honor." Strangely enough, she was a 
nurse in this very institution. She enjoyed her work, 
but there was so much tragedy, she said. Most of her 
patients were hopelessly ill, and without funds or homes. 
Again I was reminded of this article, and of the Great 
Healer, Jesus Christ. 

Christ Healed the Sick. 

The story in Luke 8 came to my mind. It was here 
that Jesus, the Son of God, performed a miracle within 
a miracle. Let us sit at His feet in this instance and 
study. Jesus cast out the demons from the poor maniac. 
Next, He started on His way to the home of Jairus, the 
ruler, whose only daughter lay dying. On the way, 
people pressed Him so closely that He was delayed. 

In that crowd was a tragic figure. It was a woman, 
weakened in body and depressed in spirit, who had hem- 
orrhaged blood for 12 years. That is a long time to be 
ill. Let your mind picture what you have done in the 
last 12 years. It is the major part of your life and you 
have done such important things during those 12 years. 
Added to the physical suffering, this woman was an out- 
cast, socially. As long as any woman had an issue of 
blood she was counted unclean under the law and could 
not touch any hallowed thing. The woman must have 
had some wealth when she became ill, for verse 43 
quotes "she had spent all her living on physicians." Yet 
she was never healed. Hope and fear must have been 
fleeting emotions as she approached the Great Healer. 
She had the faith and courage to take hold of His gar- 
ment. In that moment, the miracle took place. She was 
healed. The Lord said, "Thy faith hath made thee 
whole." He then proceeded to perform the other mir- 
acle, the healing of Jairus' daughter. The Lord Jesus 
performed many miracles of healing. It was a sign that 
He was the Son of God. We have radicals, anti-Christs, 
cultists, and isms who propagate unscriptural, wholesale 
healing today. We should learn from Him the true 
message on healing. 

Sickness SometiTnes Is a Judgment of Sin. 
Leviticus 26:15, 16— "And if ye shall despise my stat- 

utes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will 
not do all my commandments, but that ye break my cov- 
enant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint 
over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, 
that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: 
and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies 
shall eat it." This was a definite judgment under law. 

Psalms 107:17 — "Fools because of their transgression, 
and because of their iniquities, are afflicted." 

Some people say that all sickness is a result of our 
own sins. This cannot be true. 

Some Sickness Brings Glory to God. 

Sickness is not a judgment of one's sins always. Job 
was perfect and upright and feared God. But Satan 
sifted him. He suffered terribly from physical pain as 
well as material losses. But he glorified God through 
all of it. Paul was a great preacher, missionary, and 
Bible teacher, but he had an affliction. He besought the 
Lord three times to remove it. But God said, "My grace 
is sufficient for thee." Paul's answer was, "Most gladly 
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the 
power of Christ may rest upon me" (II Cor. 12:7-10). 
Ofttimes His dear children are allowed suffering with no 
healing, that they may the greater glorify Him (II Cor. 
4:17; Heb. 12:6). Sometimes we are shut in a prison of 
pain and do not realize that it is God's elevator. 

Christ the Healer of Souls Always Available. 

Isaiah 53:5 — "But he was wounded for our transgres- 
sions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement 
of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are 
healed." He suffered the agonies of death that we 
might have the healing of our souls. This is always 
available for every person. 

Divine Healing Today. 

At His feet we leam the method of divine healing 
today. James 5:14, 15 — "Is any sick among you? let him 
call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over 
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord 
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they 
shall be forgiven him." 

There is a definite command here. Let the sick per- 
son call for the elders. They will pray and anoint with 
oil in the name of the Lord. If we are real praying 
children of God, we are not going to ask amiss. We will 
ask in His will. He will answer in His will, that He may 
glorify Himself. 

This is not only for old people on their deathbeds. It 
is for Christians of all ages. I had pernicious anemia at 
the age of 17. The family doctor and a specialist in- 
formed my parents that there was nothing more med- 
ically they could do for me. I was so weak I could not 
raise my hand from the bed. We called our pastor and 
another elder. They performed this service for me. I 
still recall the hope and joy that surged through me. A 
week later I was on my feet in the home. In another 
week I was able to board a train for a month's stay in 
the country. Shortly after my return I took up my usual 

January 14, 1950 


routine in life. I know He can heal. I have experi- 
enced it. 


If we are studying at the feet of Jesus, we find that He 
preached a sermon on the law of forgiveness, in Matthew 
18:21-35. What a shame that we are often of the same 
opinion as the king's servant when it comes to the for- 
giveness of others! We plead forgiveness for any wrong 
we have done but we are bitter and spiteful against an- 
other who has wronged us. Study this message, girls! 
You wUl find it easier to forgive wrongs, whether they 
be real or fancied. 

How happy we should be over the message in Ephe- 
sians 1:7 "In whom we have redemption through his 
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of 
his grace." Through His shed blood, we have forgive- 
ness of sins. 

Every girl should memorize I John 1:9. "If we con- 
fess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from aU unrighteousness." Can 
we realize the full value of this verse? In the emotional 
teen-age years there are many problems. We are 
tempted to think sinful things, yes, and to act in sin. But 
should there be a weak moment, this verse is always 
standing by. It will grow more precious through the 

Let us learn the lessons of healing and forgiveness at 
His feet. 

February, 1950 


a physical illness, look to God for healing. But be satis- 
fied with His will if He doesn't see fit to grant your re- 
quest. He knows best. Beware of those people who set 
themselves up in the place of Christ and claim healing 
powers. God is the One who heals His own. 

There is a healing needed by all unsaved folk. The 
malady is deadly; the soiil is sick to death. No power 
of earth can heal this illness; God alone can forgive sin. 
Physical iUness at its worst can do aught but bring death 
which is the separation of spirit from body. Spiritual 
illness, if not healed by belief in Christ, results in the 
eternal separation of the spirit from God. It is more 
important therefore to be spiritually whole than phys- 
ically well and free from iUness. 

Spiritual healing comes only one way and that is 
through forgiveness of sin. All our efforts to "be good," 
to live the best we can, wiU never bring forgiveness to 
our sin-sick souls. Only the blood of Christ applied by 
personal faith to the sin-sick soul can bring His for- 

All people have known and needed forgiveness at 
some time or other. Human forgiveness at best is very 
faulty. Perhaps you've had occasion to forgive someone 
for an unkindness to you. In spite of the fact that you 
really have meant to forgive, you just do think of the 
unkindness at times and do not feel too kindly toward 
your offender. It is just very much a part of human 
nature to not forget when we forgive. But God's for- 
giveness is not that way at all. When He forgives, He 
forgets. "And their sins and iniquities will I remember 
no more" (Heb. 10:17). This doesn't mean we are free 
to go on sinning. No true lover of the Lord Jesus Christ 
will take advantage of His love and forgiveness by sin- 
ning over and over again. It does mean, however, that 
when we confess our sin He will forgive fully and re- 
member our sins against us no more. With that knowl- 
edge we can sing with great joy: 

"My sins are blotted out, I know! 
My sins are blotted out, I know! 

They are buried in the depths of the deepest sea; 
My sins are blotted out, I know!" 


Healing is a word which means release or deliverance 
from an illness. Medical science has been given un- 
limited credit for healing many kinds of human ailments. 
Unsaved people fail to give God the credit for the heal- 
ing because they do not love Him. They fail to recog- 
nize that it is He who gives men all their knowledge and 
wonderful medical discoveries. On the other hand, 
many a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has known 
what it means to be healed by the power of the Lord 
God and have given Him due honor. We've all known 
cases of illness beyond the reach of human power where 
God in His mercy has stooped to heal. 

There are some people who claim to have a special 
gift of healing. Many a misguided person has honored 
and p£ud these imposters good money for some healing 
for which they have taken credit. The Word of God 
teaches that in some cases of illness God alone can heal. 
James 5:14 and 15 asks, "Is any sick among you? let him 
call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over 
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 
And the prayer oj jaith shall save the sick, and the Lord 
shall raise him up . . ." If you or some loved one have 


I suppose most of you Sisterhoods have already had 
your fall cabinet meetings, but don't forget that the goal 
calls for two meetings, one in the fall and one in the 
spring. The purpose of these meetings is for the officers 
to plan the meetings for the following months and to 
select committees for the various activities of the local 
Sisterhood. Your Sisterhood will be able to accomplish 
more if it has good organization. This will come as a 
result of cabinet meetings which are properly conducted. 


For the past three years the quality of the bandages 
has been steadily improving. Just as a reminder, they 
are to be seven yards long, two inches wide, rolled hard 
and sewed at the end. You can use either white or col- 
ored material, but be uniform in each bandage. After 
you get them rolled and tacked, send them prepaid to 
Helen Taber, Box 88, Winona Lake, Ind. I'm sure that 
the missionaries appreciate the work that you girls put 
into these bandages. In Him. Helen Taber. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

January 14, 1950 



JANUARY 21, 1950 

— Copyright Christian Cards Co. 

As the Editor Sees It 



Resolved: that we will, as a church, pray more for 
missions, and give more to missions, dui'ing the year 
(Signed) National Fellowship of Brethi-en Churches. 

Aside from a personal spiritual relationship to Christ, 
here is the finest resolution any individual, local church, 
or denomination could make for any period. 

The commands of Christ to evangelize the world are 
as fami'iar as John 3:16. "Go," "teach," "preach," "wit- 
ness," describe the basic ministry of the believer. The 
Gospels and the Acts abound with injunctions and sug- 
gestions to evangelize lost men. 

So, God has most richly and abundantly blessed those 
individuals, churches, and denominations which have 
recognized and performed His will. Dr. Oswald J. Smith 
and his great Canadian church provide a vivid example 
of this. Hundreds of missionaries have been individ- 
ually supported by the gifts of its members and God has 
returned the gift a hundredfold unto them. 

The NFBC has done well in its missionary enterprises, 
but has never measured up to its full missionary stature. 
The tithe of even 75 per cent of the membership would 
make possible large increases in both Home and Foreign 
Mission activity. Yes, we have witnessed, but can we 
justly be satisfied when we have said that? The ques- 
tion is not. "Have we witnessed?" It is, "Have we fully 
performed the will of God in missionary endeavor?" It 
is very doubtful that even a small percentage of us 
could reply to the latter question in the affirmative! 

This is no time to rest on our laurels! The program 
of our local and national church should be geared as 
never before to meet the greater challenges which are 
facing us in 1950. By all Biblical standards the mission- 
ary program should lie at the heart of every church pro- 
gram Absolutely nothing should be allowed to stand in 
the way of this supreme emphasis on missions. Building 
programs, whether parsonage or church, even evan- 
gelistic meetings — no angle of the church program — 
should be allowed to hinder the efforts of the local 
church to reach beyond the borders of its own field with 
the Gospel message, both at home and abroad. 

If it is objected that to strongly stress missions will 
take too many funds away from an urgent local program 
of some kind, the answer is that the local church projects 
and goals wi'l be met more easily with a strong mission- 
ary program because God more juUy blesses a church 
which ju'hi obeys His Word! 

This is one reason for His abundant blessings upon our 
Home Mission churches, which are the largest per- 
capitT givers in our denomination. The newest and the 
smallest churches immediately start an intensive, round- 

the-year program for both Home and Foreign Missions. 
One of our youngest churches, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
which has been in existence a matter of months, and has 
13 members, a few of whom are not wage earners, sent 
us a Home Mission offering of $86.00 this year. 

Why didn't they keep this money for themselves? We 
simply return more to them in our appropriations. It 
seems a waste of time, effort, and bookkeepmg. They 
did it because they are giving full obedience to the Lord. 
Even though their motive in giving is not a selfish one 
to receive in return God's blessing, they know He will be 
faithful to meet their local needs when they are faithful 
to His Word. 

We definitely need more of this vision in the NFBC! 
May God give us a new missionary zeal, evaluation, and 
emphasis during the challenging days ahead! 


All of our dollars for Home and Foreign missions will 
mean nothing if there are no trained laborers to send 
into the harvest. 

Now, more than ever in the history of the world, the 
Christian worker in any field needs the ultimate in 
training. Satan is a technician and a specialist today, 
and those who oppose him must be specialists in their 


The names and addresses of all the Brethi'en people 
living in the vicinity of Davenport, Iowa; Rock Island 
and Moline, 111. Please send them to the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc., Winona Lake, Ind. 

fields. It is safe and correct to say that no servant of 
Christ can have too much of the right kind of training. 

We firmly believe that God has given the NFBC a 
Seminary which provides the right kind of training, with 
capable teachers who themselves have experienced spir- 
itually the truths they teach. 

Grace Seminary holds rigidly to the full doctrine of 
the grace of God. This position immediately removes it 
from the larger group of "divinity" schools and places it 
in a relatively small group. Its academic standards are 
high, which in itself is a recommendation for the school. 

If a man is conscientious about his giving, as all Chris- 
tians should be, he can give generously to the support of 
Grace Seminary, with the absolute certainty that the 
funds wiU be prayerfully used to properly train new 
recruits for service. Without such gifts the Seminary 
cannot operate. 

Unqualifiedly we recommend Grace Theological Sem- 
inary for your support. 

Give liberally during this month! 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 


Home Missions Travelog 



Things look better each time we visit this church. 
Recently a new patio and small outside oven have been 
added for the use of the growing young people's group. 
Souls are being saved and the ministry of Brother Rich- 
ardson is proving increasingly fruitful. Since this 
church has been constructed the field has greatly in- 
creased. New homes have been added in great numbers. 


This former Home Mission church is on the march for 
Christ. The pastor, Brother Lynn, pointed out that the 
attendance was 40 more than the year previous. Souls 
are being touched with the Gospel message. We were 
especially impressed with the fine choir and the singing. 


The missionary and his message are always well re- 
ceived at our La Verne, Calif., church. It is a blessing 
to fellowship with the people and to present the chal- 
lenges for the home field. 

Several days of intensive searching finally yielded 

what the Lord seemed to indicate should be our Jewish 

Mission home in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. 
The original plan was to rent some property until the 

mission was well under way with its routine work. This 

Beaumont, Calif., Brethren group, with Pastor and 
Mrs. Gene Farrell. 

we found to be impractical, expensive, and almost im- 
possible. Rentals for decent properties located in the 
Jewish section ran in excess of $200 per month. The 
Lord enabled us to purchase a property, ideally located, 
for only half this monthly rental on monthly payment 
terms. Surely His hand was never more manifest in our 
Home Mission work. 

Our two fine missionaries, Brother and Sister Bruce 
Button, of Kittanning, Pa., are now set up in the mission 
home and doing business for the Lord among the Jews 
at 469 North Kings Road, Los Angeles 48, Calif. 

The initial expense of starting this project has been 
very heavy and we urgently need your prayers and gifts 
to meet the pressing needs. 


The great need for the Beaumont, Calif., Home Mis- 
sion church is a permanent location and a building. A 
small army barracks has been purchased which will 
make part of the first building unit. 

We found the Beaumont Brethren ready and willing 
to step out on God's promises in a sacrificisd way in 
order to develop this new work. 

Pray that the Lord will give wisdom in locating the 
church and securing funds for the construction of the 


Recent evangelistic meetings in this former District 
Mission church yielded much fruit, according to the 
pastor, Bro. Tom Hammers. The church is beginning 
to reach into its immediate community and is claiming 
souls for Christ. 


We enjoyed a meeting with our Home Mission folks 
in this church and discussed plans for the future. The 
goal is that this church may become self-supporting 


Due to a new program recently inaugurated on Friday 

nights for young people the San Diego Sunday school 

has reached its highest point in three years, according to 

the pastor. Brother Rich. 

This former Home Mission church has a splendid 

building and afforded us a fine welcome. 

We enjoyed a splendid hearing for the Home Mission 

message at this great church pastored by Bro. Charles 


Actually the purchase of our Jewish property was 

made possible by one of the members of this church, 

and others have either loaned money to Home Mission 

work or given liberally to the offerings. 
During our stay in California in itineration work it is 

always necessary to have some office space and facU- 

January 21, 1950 


ities. This has always been graciously provided without 
charge by the church. We appreciate their hospitality. 


Under the leadership of Brother White the South Gate 
church continues to enjoy real growth. The Sunday 
school is on the increase as well as the church attend- 
ance. A fine audience witnessed the Home Mission 

Two of our missionaries in Kentucky come from this 
church. They are Evelyn Fuqua and Grace Grauel. 


Each visit to Farmington and Counselor, N. Mex., 
serves to extend our knowledge of the American Indian 
and lends emphasis to his great spiritual need. 

Our friends at the Methodist Mission at Fai-mington 
are always very kind to us. During the construction of 
our station at Counselor, comfortable quarters were 
always afforded us on visits, free of charge. This is a 
very remarkable mission where the full Gospel of Christ 
is preached by all the missionaries, and the superintend- 
ent, Mr. Bass, is a godly and capable servant of Christ. 
He has been instrumental, through the leading of the 
Holy Spirit, in helping us locate our present mission 
station. The mission is a wonderful example of what 
can be done through the church for the Navahos. A 
complete grammar school and high school now cares for 
about 181 Navaho children and young people. We had 
the privilege of preaching to this fine large group and 
all the mission staff on a recent Lord's Day. We cer- 
tainly appreciate the fine help received from this group. 

During our stay, Mr. Drake, assistant to the superin- 
tendent, took us a long distance back into the reserva- 
tion to some interior mission stations and we visited in 
some hogans. The extreme poverty and paganism of 
these people is indescribable. What a tremendous chal- 
lenge they are to every child of God. 

See our new mission station pictured on this page. 


It was certainly a thrill to stop at Albuquerque, N. 
Mex., and see the completed basement building which is 
now being used by the Luceros as a church. With his 
usual fine building ability Brother Lucero has done a 
fine and substantial job in erecting a part of this build- 
ing so that a place of worship may be provided. 

In a recent letter he tells us that the Christmas at- 
tendance was 84 and 27 attended prayer meeting. Some 
of the Spanish people from Taos visited in Albuquerque 
cind presented a fine service for a crowd of 82 people. 

The Luceros are to be congratulated for putting much 
of their own money into the project. 

We need to complete the Albuquerque building as 
soon as possible. Pray for sufficient funds to do so. 


Real progress is being experienced in the Taos work 
under Brother Horney's leadership. The Horney family 
is well settled in their new home and new work and 
plans for the future are already in effect. Recent re- 
ports from Taos tell of increases in the attendance and 
the over-all development of the work. 

There is a pressing need for more transportation facil- 
ities at Taos. We have now only our Jeep station wagon 
which is working overtime in the Taos and Arroyo 
Hondo work. Brother Horney is using his own station 
wagon and wearing it out in the process. We need at 

least one more vehicle! Pray that the Lord wUl make 
it available. 

The Arroyo Hondo work is doing well also. Attend- 
ance is increasing in this little church where Celina 
Mares is doing much of the witnessing. Other points 
are open to our entrance as soon as the Lord provides 
the means. 


Our new Indian Mission Station at Counselor, New 
Mexico. Miss Dorothy Dunbar (inset). 

This recent picture of our Navaho Indian Mission Sta- 
tion at Counselor, New Mexico, shows the building as 
just about complete. The stucco exterior presents a 
very attractive -ppearance and the building facilities 
will meet our needs admirably. Preparations are being 
made for the digging of a well and tapping the large 
natural gas line which runs close by the mission. 

There will still be some expense in finishing the build- 
ing completely. However, we praise God for these 
splendid facilities and we sincerely thank His people 
who have made the construction possible by their gifts. 

Already Indians are coming to the station and being 
ministered to by Miss Dunbar, our missionary. We ex- 
pect a great increase in the missionary activity during 
the coming months. 

The 65,000 plus Navaho Indians are among the need- 
iest people spiritually on this earth. Even though the 
infant mortality rate up to five years of age is 50 per 
cent, they are still increasing in number at the rate of 
about 1.200 a year. Scattered over 26,000 square miles 
of reservation, these Indians constitute one of the great- 
est Home Mission challenges. 

There is an urgent need for a missionary couple to 
work with Miss Dunbar in this important work, but 
funds must first be made available for their support. 
We know that the missionaries would be available at the 
call of our Council. 

Pray for the growth and success of the Navaho work. 


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A Sample of Brethren Pioneer Home Mission Endeavor 

Dedication Day scenes at SamplevUle, Ohio, when the new Brethren church was dedicated. Upper left, 
Pastor and Mrs. Sylvester Lowman, "rugged Brethren pioneers." 

That real Home Mission pioneers still exist in the 
Brethren Church is proved again by our Bro. Sylvester 
Lowman, of Camden, Ohio, who at 79 years of age has 
just dedicated his fourth new Brethren church, this one 
at Sampleville, Ohio. The other three were at Fillmore, 
Calif., Oakville, Ind., and Camden, Ohio. 

The new Sampleville church is a modest cement-block 
structure, 42 feet long and 28 feet wide. One hundred 
people crowded the room on Dedication Day with visit- 
ing pastors and people of the Brethren and other denom- 

inational churches showing a high degree of interest. 
Bro. Vernon Harris, pastor of the Clayton, Ohio, church, 
led the singing. It was a high privilege to minister the 
Word at the dedication service. 

Brother Lowman contributed heavily to the project 
financially as well as doing some of the work. Others 
assisted him also. Even though the dedication offering 
was approximately $225.00, there is still an indebtedness. 

(Continued on Page 40) 

January 21, 1950 





As we drove along I said to my wife, "Just ahead lie 
the Ute Mountains, the last range between us and the 
State of California." And then as we began the long 
climb up the steep road I devoted all my attention to 
keeping at least two of the wheels on solid ground. 
From the driver's seat it seemed as though the two 
right wheels were continually running on empty air or 
an occasional cloud, but even so, we succeeded in cross- 
ing this last mountain range, then the Colorado River, 
and finally we were in the sunny State of California. 
Did I say sunny? As we entered the city limits of Los 
Angeles on December 15th, it started to rain, and for 
three days we had California's liquid version of sun- 
shine. However, the weather did clear, and since that 
time we have had all the sunshine anyone could ask for. 
This is an ideal place for house-to-house visitation from 
the standpoint of weather. 

After a stay of five days at the home of Rev. Glenn 
O'Neal, we moved into the mission and proceeded with 
the outfitting of the place with those things which are 
essential to a home. The week of the 15th was spent in 
gathering together the furniture for the mission and in 
arranging for the various utilities. Then Christmas, with 
the Lord blessing in many ways and in wonderful fel- 
lowship with the Brethren of the Sunshine State. But 
Christmas passed by and the Day arrived — the day when 
we should start a concerted effort for the Lord and the 
salvation of Jewish souls. 

Mrs. Button and I started out at 9 o'clock in the morn- 
ing. An earlier hour would find the people in bed. As it 
was, we did strike quite a few homes where people were 
just arising at 11 o'clock. We had planned to go quite 
a distance from the mission in our first attempt but 
thought better of it and started on Flores Street, a street 
parallel to and one block from North Kings Road. We 
approached the first door, knocked, and were greeted by 
a young man who accepted our tracts but would not talk 

to us. He had much practicing to do on the piano. 
Would we excuse him? We would, or rather we had to, 
for he was shutting the door even as he spoke. At the 
next house we were greeted by a woman who would not 
open the door. However, we were able to speak a few- 
words to her through the small grille in the door and 
after we had slipped a copy of "The Mediator" to her 
through the grille, we took our leave. We did not find 
anyone home at the next house but the name "Rosen- 
shine" could be nothing but Jewish, so we left our paper 
for them to read. 

When we approached the ne.xt house we noticed that 
the front door was open and we could hear voices from 
inside. In response to our knock the door was answered 
by a woman with a cold, stern appearance. We asked, 
"Do Jewish people live here?" She replied, "Yes, but 
the lady of the house is not at home and I am only visit- 
ing here." At that I handed her a copy of "The Media- 
tor" and said, "Here is a pamphlet that I would like to 
leave if you will read it. It is written by Jewish people, 
for Jewish people, and about a Jewish Messiah." At the 
mention of Messiah, she tried to hand the paper back 
and said, "I am not interested in Christ or Christians. 
My advice to you is that you go back to your so-called 
Christians and teach them what it means to be a 'good' 
Christian." When I did not accept the paper she was 
trying to hand me, she placed it on the doorstep and shut 
the door. We went down the walk, leaving the paper at 
the door. Later we saw her pick up the paper and put 
it in her purse as she was leaving the house. At least 
she was curious as to what the paper contained. I Icnow 
she lives in the neighborhood, and, the Lord willing, we 
shall see her again. 

As we went down the street knocking on door after 
door we had various reactions. But the people did not 
seem to realize why we were there. Even with the testi- 
mony of the Lord they do not seem to understand. How- 

Two views of the new home for our Brethren Messianic Witness at Los Angeles, Calif., directed by Rev. 

Bruce Button, missionary 


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ever, the tracts and "The Mediator" will help their un- 
derstanding. One old man, who came to the door with 
his little prayer cap on, seemed to grasp the reason for 
our being there. He accepted our tracts, listened polite- 
ly to us for a few minutes, and then said, "I must bid you 
good morning, for I have much reading to do in the 
Torah (first five books of the Bible)." And the door was 
shut. In contrast, at the next house a handsome man 
with a pronounced Jewish look about him answered the 
door and at our query, "Do Jewish people live here?" 
denied being a Jew. I took a chance and said, "Oh come 
now, here is something that you as a Jew should read." 
I handed him a copy of "The Mediator" and the inter- 
view was closed, for he shut the door. We hope to have 
more of a chance with this man the next time. Pray 
that I may be able to talk with him. 

Our next contact was a Jewish house painter. "A 
Jewish house painter," you say. Absolutely, my friend. 
Many of them live and work in circumstances far more 
harsh than yours and mine. This man had been con- 
tacted by Christian workers before. He accepted the 
tracts and listened as we spoke of the Old Testament 
prophets, and their words concerning Messiah. He 
objected when we pointed out how Christ fulfilled the 
Old Testament prophecies concerning Messiah. "Why," 
he said, "is it necessary for me to accept Christ as Mes- 
siah; why is it necessary for me to have a Saviour, to 
gain heaven and favor with God?" I pointed out to him 
that the soul needs an atonement because of sin; that 
such atonement must be made by a sacrifice of blood; 
that it is the blood which makes a covering for the soul, 
and since that is the way God prescribed, it is the only 
way that is pleasing to Him. "Where," I asked him, "is 
your sacrifice for sin? You do not have it in your reli- 
gion, for you have no high priest, no priest, no altar, no 
temple. If you will be honest with yourself and with 
the Word of God you will have to admit that you have 
nothing in your present-day synagogue regarding sacri- 
fice that is in accordance with the Word of God." 

"But," he protested, "I pray; I pray all the time. 
Morning, noon, and night I pray. And I go to temple. 
And I read the Torah . . ." And on and on he spoke 
regarding the "good deeds" he did to obtain blessing for 
himself and favor with God. The discussion was closed 
when I took him to the opening chapters of Leviticus 
and pointed out God's requirements regarding sin and 

the sacrifice for it. "You must have a sacrifice for sin," 
I said, "and you do not any longer have such a sacrifice 
in your temple. Your Messiah, Jesus, is your sacrifice. 
He shed His blood that you might have a sufficient sac- 
rifice." At this he said that he would have to get back 
to his work. Some time again he would see us and we 
could talk further. 

This is what we meet with all day long. Truly the 
Word of the Lord is true when it declares that God wUl 
"make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears 
heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, 
and hear with their ears, and understand with their 
heart, and convert, and be healed." It is not so much 
that they will not believe as it is they cannot believe. 
The power to believe does not seem to be there. And 
with our contacts revealing the fact that 70 per cent of 
the homes in this area are Jewish, you can see the great 
need for prayer that the Holy Spirit will operate in such 
a way that these people wUl be able to see the Light 
that is only in Messiah. Pray that they may receive our 
testimony, and that they may receive it in the manner in 
which it is given, that of a heart of love. Pray that they 
will take time to think over all we say to them and that 
they will search the Scriptures to see whether these 
things be true. 

Approximately $400.00 is needed at once to furnish 
the reading room with the necessary equipment in 
addition to the items in "Home Mission Needs." 

The folks in the First Church, Los Angeles, out here 
have been very kind to us. And not only they, but 
folks in the Long Beach First Church have also been 
a blessing. When we arrived here we found that there 
was a small "truckload" of groceries waiting for us that 
had been given by the Long Beach First Church. Then 
too there was a fine modem gas range, and a refrigera- 
tor and washer which were in excellent shape. We also 
received a divan and chair which wUl meet our needs for 
our living room. Then in addition to all this the First 
Church of Los Angeles had a "white gift" Christmas 
program and much to the surprise of my wife and my- 
self they turned the gifts over to us. Now we need not 
worry about food for a long time. In fact I could almost 
open a store. Was it a complete surprise? Mrs. Button 
has not been able to speak for several hours since then, 
so it must have been. 

The Men's Fellowship, as a climax to the whole thing, 
has said, according to Brother O'Neal, that they would 
give us $50.00 a month for the next year for the pur- 
chase of furniture. This will be of untold help. 

Brethren group at Harrisburg, Pa., Pastor Russell 
Weber in front row. 


Anyone knowing of people who would be interested 
in a Brethren church at Phoenix, Ariz., should write the 
Home Mission office at Winona Lake, Ind., or send the 
names and addresses to Mr. Marion Thomas, 616 North 
First Street, Phoenix, Ariz. 

Brethren may be of great assistance in establishing 
new churches by simply taking a little time to send such 

Please do it immediately! 

January 21, 1950 




(Continued from Page 37) 

of about $1,20000 to care for the total cost of about 
$3,200.00. Neither Brother Lowman nor the church 
has received any financial assistance from either the 
District Mission Board or the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. In fact, no request has been made for such 
funds. This is evidence of a real missionary spirit on 
the part of both pastor and congregation. 

When asked concerning the secret of his success in 
the ministry and the enthusiasm which he has mani- 
fested in this new work at his age, Brother Lowman 
answers, "Some people get the idea that when they grow 
old they should be put on the 'shelf.' Too many people 
want to retire. I keep working to keep young. I have 
never smoked or drunk and don't even drink coffee." 
This is certainly fine Christian philosophy. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council expresses its 
commendation to Brother Lowman and those assisting 
him for the fine work done at Sampleville. 

By Marguerite Wilkinson 

He burned no fiery cross 

To frighten men at night; 
He bore His burning pain 

In sharpest noonday light; 
He wore no hiding mask 

Below His crown of thorn; 
He healed the flesh of men 

Whose flesh by men was torn. 

He offered love to all 

And took with soul unbowed 
Jeering, abuse, and blows, 

The spittle of the crowd. 
How strange it is that men 

Should lift Christ's banner high 
When they go out to kill 

As He went out to die! 

—The Mediator. 

Brethren Minute-Men Go Over the Top Again! 

Johnson City, Tenn., Brethren. Pastor Russell Ogden and his fanuly are seen in center, top row. 

Again the Brethren Minute-Men have scored a great 

Enough funds have been provided to help us over 
the top in purchasing the church building seen on the 
accompanying picture in Johnson City, Tenn. 

Gifts totaling $2,755.58 have been sent to our office 
and others will probably yet be sent. If your dollar has 
not yet reported to us, please send it along. 

Our gratefulness to our thousands of Home Missions 
friends who help make these additional victories pos- 
sible goes far beyond the expressed meaning of words. 

New churches are springing up all over the nation, 

but cannot be developed and assisted by our CouncO 
without additional funds. The Minute-Men help to buy 
up a few more of these opportunities in addition to what 
can be done through our regular Home Mission offering. 

You really didn't miss that dollar, did you? Yet see 
what thousands of them can do in glorifying the Lord 
through the testimony of His Word! 

We need more Minute-Men! If your name is not on 
the list, send it with your address to the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Box 395, Winona Lake, Indiana. 

If your address has been changed recently, please 
send us the information. 


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paratory to occupying our new quarters. Some of the 
men are building the new pulpit and will assist in re- 
modeling the Sunday school department and doing elec- 
trical rewiring as soon as we are in the building. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. (M. Leon Myers, pastor)— 

We are praising the Lord for about 20 people who have 
recently rededicated their lives to the Lord and for two 
souls who recently accepted Christ. Our attendance has 
been increasing. We now have $9,000 which has been 
loaned by friends to be used for the erection of a build- 
ing, and the promise of $20,000 more. 

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (Carl Brydon, Pastor)— 

We thank the Lord for the many new families coming 
to our church. Our prayer is that God may help the 
people to see their need of Him and the church's need 
of them. 

Missionary) — 

Keep the clothing coming! We thank the Lord for a 
good supply of used clothing coming into the mission, 
for that means a larger number of Indians are coming to 
receive it and at the same time hear the Gospel. 

(Freight or express should be addressed to Miss Dor- 
othy Dunbar, Farmington, New Mex., c/o Counselor 
Post, Cuba, N. Mex.— Ed.) 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO (Russell Ward, Pastor)— 

Our church has reached that "blueprint" stage, which 
is the last one before the actual building is started. Pray 
that we might be able to work out every detail for His 
glory who gave us the Blueprint for our lives, the Bible. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (Arnold Krieghaum, Pastor)^ 
We recently dedicated a new buUding to God, and He 
is already blessing us. Last Sunday two people accepted 
Christ as their Saviour. Keep praying! 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. (Leo Polman, Pastor)— 

Since moving to Temple City our Sunday school and 
church attendance has been increasing. We thank the 
Lord for this new life in our work and are looking for- 
ward to greater victories in the days just ahead, should 
the Lord tarry. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX. (Ruhel V. Lucero, Mission- 
ary) — 
We have seen a wonderful change in several of the 
girls and boys as they grow stedfast in the Lord, and 
there is an increasing interest and response among the 
adults. As women come for the clothing we have half 
an hour study of the Word and prayer. Pray the Seed 
may fall in good ground. Catholics are being reached. 

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (Russell Ogden, Pastor)— 

Praise the Lord! Another Brethren Home Missions 
prayer request has been answered. I have been using 
a borrowed typewriter that was far from being satis- 
factory when the Lord laid it upon the heart of a Breth- 
ren in Ohio to give to the work here in Johnson City a 
typewriter she was going to sell. Thank you. Lord! 

Our prayer-meeting attendance for the past two 
months has averaged 17-18 persons. (Our membership 
is 25.) Nearly all of our families are now tithing, and 
our weekly offerings have doubled since the first of 

Our people are contributing generously in labor pre- 

NEWS Of Home Mission [||E[DS 

Write the Home Mission Office jor Further Injorniation 


1. The balance for communion needs. 

2. The balance for songbooks. 


1. Two 6-volt batteries. 

2. Two large and four small fire extinguishers. 

3. Navaho songbooks. 

1. Hymn books. 


1. Any kind of Sunday-school equipment (chairs, 
benches, rugs, linoleum, curtains, paints, etc.). 

2. Spanish Bibles. 

3. Sunday-school literature. 

4. Portable folding organ. 

5. Piano for Arroyo Hondo. 


1. Furniture for the reading room. 

2. 30 folding chairs. 

3. Desk and file case. 


1. New hymn books. 

2. Communion set. 

3. Piano. 


1. An office mimeograph. 

2. Two pianos, one for auditorium and one for Sun- 
day school. 

3. Sunday-school furniture, tables, and chairs. 



1. Danger (Rom. 6:23a). 

2. Caution (I John 4:1). 

3. Safety (I Tim. 1:15). 

4. Protection (Psa. 121:8). 

Listie, Pa., bulletin) 

(Psahns 126:6) 

The Worker — "He that goeth forth and weepeth." 
His Work — "Bearing precious seed." 
His Reward — "Shall doubtless come again with re- 
joicing, bringing his sheaves with him." 

January 21, 7950 


Rev. L. W. Marvin's new address 
is 1351 Arrowhead Ave., San Ber- 
nardino, Calif. 

The new parsonage at Buena Vis- 
ta, Va., will be ready for occupancy 
and will be dedicated about Febru- 
ary 15. Besides building this $11,000 
home for their pastor the church 
gave $1,245 for Home Missions. 

Dr. Paul Bauman is expected to 
be home from his round-the-world 
trip about January 21. 

Rev. Dean I. Walter, pastor of the 
Vicksburg church, Hollidaysburg, 
Pa., is sending the Missionary Her- 
ald into 40 homes of his congrega- 
t i o n, including 17 non-Brethren 
homes, as a Chi-istmas present. The 
church has ordered new pews and a 
new pulpit. James Kraakevik, vio- 
linist on the Word of Life broadcast, 
gave a concert in the church Decem- 
ber 16. 

The B.S.L.V. gospel team of the 
Vernon church, Liynestone, Tenn., 
recently conducted an evening serv- 
ice at the church and assisted the 
pastor in the New Year candle- 
lighting service. 

Rev. R. Paul Miller will hold 
evangelistic meetings in Spokane, 
Wash., February 7-26. 

The Bethel church, Berne, Ind., 
unanimously called their pastor. 
Rev. Ord Gehman. to serve the 
church another year. 

Dr. Alva J. McClain will speak at 
the Founder's Week Conference at 

/lira. D/0KniirC 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Washington 20. DC. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S. W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O E Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

Moody Bible Institute, February 2, 
3, 4, at 9:00 a. m. These messages 
will be broadcast over Station 
WMBI. The dates of the confer- 
ence are January 30 to February 5, 
with services morning, afternoon, 
and evening. 

On three recent Sundays 18 deci- 
sions were made in the Mansfield, 
Ohio, church, including 12 on Jan- 
uary 1. Seven of them were first- 
time confessions. The church has 
called Rev. Bernard N. Schneider to 
serve as pastor for another year, this 
being the sixth time he has been 
called without dissenting vote. 

Rev. John Aeby is holding evan- 
gelistic meetings in the First Meth- 
odist Church of Antwerp, Ohio. 

Dr. Clarence Sickel left Winona 
Lake January 8 to return to Argen- 

Dr. Sidlow Baxter held a Bible 
conference at the First Church, Long 
Beach, Calij., January 15-20. Rev. 
Wilbur Aptisdale was the speaker at 
the young people's Christmas ban- 
quet at the church. 

There is a demand for OMt-of-pri7it 
books dealing with Brethren beliefs 
and history, such as those by Brum- 
baugh, Holsinger, and Yoder. Min- 
isters, Seminary students, and oth- 
ers would be glad to buy them. If 
you have any such books that you 
are willing to sell, please write to 
the Missionary Herald office, giving 
full particulars in the first letter. 

Two students who are preparing 
for Christian service participated in 
the Christmas services at the Union- 
town, Pa., church: Archie Keflfer 
(Bryan) preached, and Frank Coffin 
(Jones) sang. The attendance was 
117 in the morning and 152 in the 
evening. Total offerings for the day 
were $338.38. 

Bro. Marion Gates preached at the 
Grace Church, Altoona, Pa., January 
1, assisting Pastor Phillip J. Sim- 
mons, who had had a lip operation 
the previous week. Brother Sim- 
mons planned to preach the follow- 
ing Sunday at the tenth anniversary 
services at the Fremont, Ohio, 

Rev. R. Paul Miller is leadmg the 
church at Stinnyside, Wash., in re- 
vival meetings January 15 to Febru- 
ary 6. Preparations for the meetings 
included cottage prayer meetings 
and an all-night prayer meeting. 
The local Sky Pilots have their own 
building now, and two of the boys 
have won others to Christ. 

The East Fellowship Youth Rally 

will be held in Martinsburg, Pa., 
February 10, 11. 

Pastor William A. Steffier, of the 
First Church, Dayton, Ohio, has 
been extended an indefinite call by 
unanimous vote. The local radio 
broadcast has been discontinued. 

Rev. Vernon Harris has resigned 
as pastor at Clayton, Ohio, and has 
accepted a call to the Home Mission 
church in Portland, Oreg. He plans 
to move to Portland in about three 

Average attendance in the Sun- 
day school of the First Church, Phil- 
adelphia, Pa., for 1949 was 198; for 
1944 it was 126. 

Rev. Arthur Collins, who has been 
pastor of a church of another de- 
nomination in Clementon, N. J., for 
several years, united with the First 
Church, Philadelphia, recently, and 
plans to enroll at Grace Seminary 
this month. 

At the Leamersville, Pa., church 
the average attendance for the foui-th 
quarter of 1949 was better than in 
any previous quarter. The current 
expense fund is "out of the red" for 
the first time in three years. The 
church debt now stands at $8,400. 

Work is progressing on the re- 
modeling program at Martinsburg, 
Pa. A new hot-water furnace has 
been installed. The enlarged base- 
ment will include seven classrooms 
and a small auditorium. The entire 
floor of the church auditorium will 
be cai-peted, and eight new pews are 
being added. A new parking lot is 
to be constructed. Twenty-five mem- 
bers of the Sunday school have just 
completed a year of perfect attend- 

Rev. and Mrs. James Marshall, 
prospective missionaries to Argen- 
tina, are located temporarily in New 
Waterford, Ohio. 

The Tract Writing Contest will 
close February 28. Several manu- 
scripts have been submitted already, 
but there is still time to enter. Read 
the rules in the issue of December 3. 

Be sure to make your gift to 
Grace Seminary before the end of 

The Sunday school lessons for 
next quarter will be in Hebrews, 
both in the Brethren Quarterly for 
Young People and Adults and in the 
new Brethren Junior-Intermediate 
Quarterly. Samples of the latter 
quarterly will be in the hands of 
pastors before time to order. 


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(Extracts From the Letters of Dr. Bauman to His Family at Home) 

11-27.— Someone has aptly called 
Singapore "the world's hopping off 
place." In a certain sense of the 
word, that was true for Dr. Talbot 
and me, because it was from Singa- 
pore that we "hopped off" in our 
Royal Dutch Airlines plane for our 
trip into the steaming jungles of 

Our trip down along the Malay 
Peninsula, over the land of Sumatra, 
and into Java was uneventful. The 
first leg of our journey brought us 
to Batavia, the capital city of the 
Dutch East Indies, of which Borneo 
is a part. But there is a difference 
between Borneo, our destination, 
and Java, where Batavia is located. 
Java is a civilized country, with big 
cities, roads, trains, electricity, and 
all the conveniences we are used to 
in Western life. On the other hand, 
Borneo, the third largest island in 
the world, is primitive. There are 
a few cities along the coast, but be- 
yond these the great island reverts 
to the "forest primeval," and the 
denseness of these jungle forests can 
only be fully realized by those who 
have endeavored to actually pene- 
trate them on foot. 

Our trip from Batavia to Pontia- 
nak, on the west coast of Borneo, 
was made in one of the famous Cata- 
lina Flying Boats of World War II 
renown. If anyone has been in the 
sleepy old port town of Pontianak, 
he would soon recognize the fact 
that there is a reason for all the 
sleepiness of the place, for the 
equator runs right through the town, 
and any man who can muster suffi- 
cient energy to do so, could cross 
the equator a dozen times a day. 
Our welcome to the city consisted 
of a terrific downpour of water, 
which only seemed to add to the 
laziness of the place. 

It was in the midst of all this that 
we eventually loaded all our pro- 
visions into the missionary launch 
which was to be both a means of 
conveyance and our hotel as we 
journeyed up the Kapoeas River. 
Though our boat did not offer quite 
all the comforts of home, we had 
opportunity to praise the Lord for it 
more than once in the next few days, 
particularly as we learned of the 
way the missionaries had first been 

compelled to travel, and as we saw 
the far more primitive means of 
travel employed by the Chinese 
traders who sell their wares all up 
and down the river. 

One has a new appreciation of 
geography as he comes to this part 
of the world. The Kapoeas River 
had appeared on our maps as noth- 
ing more than a little thread of a 
line, but as we began our trip from 
Pontianak and expressed surprise 
at noting that it spread out to the 
width of at least half a mile, we were 
then given the added information 
that this "little thread" of water 
stretched across Borneo to a total 
distance of more than 450 miles. 
Our four-day trip ■was to take us 210 
miles up the Kapoeas River, and 
another 36 miles up one of its 
branches, the Belitang River, to Ba- 
lai Sepoeak, the location of the mis- 
sion station of Mr. and Mrs. Mouw, 
from which point we were to begin 
our trip by foot into the jungle itself. 

Dr. Talbot and I were thrilled as 
we beheld for the first time the ver- 
dant foliage that lay along this beau- 
tiful tree-crowned river. We watched 
with tremendous interest the grace- 
ful palms and bright green banana 
trees that added so much to the 
grace of the thatched houses that 
formed the long, straggling town. 
But as the sun set and the evening 
shadows began to fall about us, it 
was evident that we were now en- 
tering real jungle country, for the 
houses became fewer and the order- 
liness of the cultivated trees gave 
way to the great mass of trees, tan- 
gled vines, and dense undergrowth 
that, even from our river boat, 
seemed to shout defiance at any 
attempt on our part to enter. 

The vast rubber plantations were 
a new sight to us as we chugged on 
up the river. Now and then, the 
edge of the jungle would appear to 
be pushed back just a bit, enough 
to allow room for a fine large build- 
ing with a large veranda and a lawn 
stretching down in front of the river. 
Along the river, on either side of 
the larger structure which was re- 
served for the manager of the plan- 
tation, were rows of native huts, 
hastily built for the coolies who rise 
at daybreak each morning to cut the 
rubber trees and gather the sap 

which flows into the cups made from 
the coconut shells which are set at 
the base of the trees. The rubber 
plantation spreads out along the 
river and behind the buildings, 
sometimes over many acres, and the 
trees may be easily recognized by 
then- white colored bark and the 
dark waxy leaves. Borneo and Java 
have for many years furnished a 
large portion of the world's rubber 

With the gain of a full day because 
of our constant traveling, it was 
Thursday evening, at about 7:30 
o'clock, when at last our faithful 
launch pulled alongside Brother 
Mouw's houseboat at Balai Sapoeak, 
just about 250 miles upstream from 
Pontianak. After a good old-fash- 
ioned American meal, which Mrs. 
Mouw soon had ready for us, we 
were all ready to retire for a good 
night's sleep before our long-antici- 
pated journey into the jungle Friday 

Brother Mouw has done something 
here which I believe might be a wise 
thing for Keith Altig. He has built 
(just recently) a good-sized house- 
boat, and this is his home wherever 
he is, up and down the river, doing 
his missionary work. His boat is 42 
feet long and 16 feet wide. It has a 
large room, with living, dining, and 
sleeping quarters; then a kitchen, a 
bath, and another room for servants' 
quarters and storage. On either end 
of the boat is a porch, and along one 
side is a walkway. I may draw off 
the plans and send them to you. 
The boat is powered by a one-cyl- 
inder, six-horsepower Witte Deisel 
motor. It is made in Kansas City by 
the oldest Deisel makers in America, 
and he says it is a great motor. For 
some time Brother Mouw tried to 
rent his houses, but this is much 
better, and wherever he goes he can 
take his home with him, which 
helps, so far as his wife is concerned. 

First among persons is Jesus 
Christ. First among books is the 
Bible. First among institutions is 
the Church. First among days is 
the Lord's Day. First among dol- 
lars is the Lord's tithe. First in the 
service of society is the winning of 
souls Put fir=t things first. — Can- 
ton, Ohio, bulletin. 

January 21, 1950 



Are you stubborn? All of us like 
to think we're not. Persistent, per- 
haps, but not stubborn. Holding 
convictions, to be sure, but not 
blindly stubborn. But when we face 
the facts honestly, we may have to 
admit that we have a mulish streak 
in us. 

And a certain amount of stub- 
bornness is often desirable. But too 
often it is a liability rather than an 
asset, because it is exercised wrong- 
ly. We are stubborn against God, 
and against His will. 

God speaks to us through His 
Word, and through His workers. 
Preachers, teachers, evangelists, may 
be used by Him to get a message to 
us. But we don't listen. We don't 
heed. We excuse ourselves in one 
way or another, thinking perhaps 
that the message is ideal for some- 
one else, but not for us. Or we say 
we'll do it some other time. 

We may evade God's message for 
us, God's will for us, in a lot of dif- 
ferent ways. But why? Because 
we're stubborn. We want our will 
instead of His. 

Do you remember how the Bible 
often speaks of stiffnecked people? 
And what it says about them is not 
complimentary! These are rebukes 
for stubbornness against God. 

And in Proverbs 29:1 we read, 
"He, that being often reproved hard- 
eneth his neck, shall suddenly be 
destroyed, and that without rem- 
edy." There is a penalty for stub- 
bornness. Pharaoh hardened h i s 
heart against God so many times that 
God had to destroy him. Although 
God will not destroy the stubborn 
Christian, He will punish him, 
through the loss of blessings, and 
often through the loss of happiness, 
possessions, and success in life. 

Jeremiah speaks of those who 
"have made their faces harder than 
a rock" (Jer. 5:3), failing to receive 
correction, failing to go in God's 
way. Of them he says, "Surely 
these are poor; they are foolish; for 
they know not the way of the Lord, 
nor the judgment of their God." 

We do well to heed God's voice, to 

bend to His will, to be molded to 
His plan. Remember, rocks must 
be broken to be shaped, but clay 
may be molded. Don't be like a 
rock before the Lord. Don't make 
it hard for yourself! 

"Have thine own way, Lord; have 

thine own way; 
Thou art the potter, I am the clay; . 
Mould me and make me after Thy 

While I am waiting, yielded and 



Years ago in London there was a 
large gathering of noted people, and 
among the invited guests was a fa- 
mous preacher of his day, Caesar 
Milan. A young lady played and 
sang charmingly and everyone was 
thrilled. Very graciously, tactful, 
and yet boldly the preacher went up 
to her after the music had ceased 
and said, "I thought as I listened to 
you tonight how tremendously tiie 
cause of Christ would be benefited 
if your talents were dedicated to 
His cause. You know, young lady, 
you are as much a sinner in the sight 
of God as a drunkard in the ditch or 
a harlot on Scarlet Street, but I am 
glad to tell you that the blood of 
Jesus Christ, His Son, can cleanse 
from all sin." 

The young lady snapped out a re- 
buke for his presumption. He said, 
"Lady, I mean no offense. I pray 
God's Spirit will convict you." They 
all returned to their homes. The 
young woman retired but could not 
sleep. The face of the preacher ap- 
peared before her and his words 
rang through her mind. At 2 o'clock 
in the morning she sprang from her 
bed, took a pencil and paper, and 
with tears dripping from her face, 
Charlotte Elliott wrote that famous 

"Just as I am. without one plea, 
But that Thy blood was shed for 

And that Thou bidd'st me come to 
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!" 

— Billy Grahavi, in "Great Gospel 
Serinons" (Revell). 


Is your B.Y.F. or C.E. in a rut? 
Announce a "gripe meeting" and 
when it occurs, provide everyone 
with a pencil and sheet of paper. 
During the meeting, ask each one to 
write what he thinks is wrong with 
the B.Y.F. Also ask them to sug- 
gest solutions and improvements if 
possible. Allow five to eight min- 
utes for this. Don't ask them t© 
sign them, but collect them, and 
keep them. The officers, meeting 
with the sponsors, can consider each 
"gripe," and plan to remedy it. 

An interesting follow-up can be 
arranged by classifying the gripes, 
and reading them at a meeting about 
two or three months later, providing 
you have remedied most or all of 
the gripes in the meantime. Com- 
ments could be solicited on the 
changes, and still more improve- 
ments suggested by the crowd. 

At both of these meetings, of 
course, plan the rest of the program 
well. Do not permit the "gripe 
session" to be the main part of the 
service, but an interesting and prof- 
itable sideline. 

If your Junior or teen-age Sister- 
hood seems to lack activity, why not 
plan and sponsor some extra hobby 
sessions? Shellcraft, needlecraft, 
leathercraft, motto painting, or even 
a snappy, simplified first-aid course 
might prove interesting. And hob- 
bies are good for anybody. At the 
end of a hobby period of some weeks 
or months, you might arrange a 
hobby display for the benefit of the 
parents and other interested in the 


Junior workers are always look- 
ing for help, and too little has been 
published to help them. So we're 
glad to recommend a new book that 
is good for all Junior leaders, espe- 
cially for Junior B.Y.F. and C.E. 
sponsors. It's just off Moody Press, 
and called "The Idea Book for the 
Junior Leader," by Richard J. Mul- 
lin, $1.50. Order from the Brethren 
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By Dr. Keith L. Brooks 

"Teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have command- 
ed you" (Matt. 28:20). 

We have in our midst an appar- 
ently growing number known as 
Fundamentalists who say we should 
NOT teach believers the things 
which our Lord taught His disciples. 
Only now that dispensational things 
are beginning to be understand, they 
tell us, are we finding that the larger 
part of our New Testament really 
belongs under the Old Covenant. 

One of the first indications of this 
teaching in the midst is the raising 
of objections to the use of the 
"Lord's Prayer" in the church, on 
the ground that those who "rightly 
divide the word of truth" cannot 
apply it in this age. 

It is regrettable that some of our 
best-loved teachers of the past fell 
into some of these notions. Other 
great teachers such as Torrey, Mor- 

Brethreh of Todav 

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gan, Griffith-Thomas strongly ob- 
jected to these ideas. 

Both in Gospels and Epistles we 
are warned against any tendency to 
shift the words of Christ to others 
than ourselves (Matt. 7:24-26; 28: 
19, 20; John 6:63; 14:21; I John 2: 
2-5; Col. 3:16; I Tim. 6:3, 4). Jesus 
never meant for a moment that any- 
one should separate His teachings 
from His indwelling presence. 

What then of the prayer? Did He 
intend it only for the temporary use 
of His disciples prior to His death — 
and again for those seeking to follow 
Him in the Tribulation, after the 
rapture of the church? If so, we 
find no hint of it. Can it be that the 
entire church has, as our "enlight- 
ened" brethren of today assume, 
been vainly seeking to preach grace 


"The influence of Gospel Hall, of 
Charles Mayes at West Tenth, and 
my own family, leading me to see 
the primary mission of the Chris- 
tian in this life, all served to reveal 
God's wUl for my life." In these 
words Rev. Lowell Hoyt, pastor of 
the Leamersville Brethren Church 
in Pennsylvania, accounts for his 
being led into the Christian ministry. 
Without detracting in the least from 
the credit due to the little church 
and the alert pastor, it is safe to say 
that the greatest influence on Brother 
Hoyt's life was that of his mother. 
She has given to the Brethren 
Church four ordained ministers and 
four preachers' wives, a record un- 
paralleled in the denomination. 

Lowell Hoyt was born May 30, 
1919, at Dallas Center, Iowa. At 
the age of 9 he confessed Christ in 
evangelistic meetings being held in 
the Park Street Brethren Church in 
Ashland, Ohio, under the ministry 
of Rev. L. O. McCartneysmith, 
though he realizes that he was saved 
long before that. Following his con- 
fession he was baptized by Dr. 
Charles Bame. 

Being interested in music, Brother 
Hoyt met the first great test in his 
life when he had to choose between 
playing in a dance orchestra and 
using his instrument to glorify the 
Lord in gospel team work. Choos- 
ing the latter, and beginning at this 
time to attend the Gospel Hall, 
where he was taught a separated 
life, he began to move in the direc- 
tion of full-time Christian work. 

After a year at Kent State Univer- 
sity he transferred to Bryan Univer- 
sity where he joined the Pastors' 
Fellowship, making a definite deci- 
sion to prepare for the pastorate. 
At Bryan he was a member of the 
school band, vice-president of his 

class, member of the student coun- 
cil, and president of the Pastors' 
Fellowship (two years). His train- 
ing was completed at Grace Semi- 
nary, where he graduated in 1945 
with the B. D. degree Sunvma cum 

During the last year of his sem- 
inary course he served as student 
pastor of the Firestone Park Breth- 
ren Church in Akron, Ohio. He 
was ordained in that church August 
19, 1945, when the ordination ser- 
mon was delivered by his brother, 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt. In 1946 he 
accepted a call to his present pas- 
torate in Leamersville. 

His wife, the former Lola Alice 
Goehring, is from Evans City, Pa. 
She serves as a Sunday school 
teacher and church pianist, and is 
treasurer of the district W. M. C. 
The Hoyts have had three children: 
Bruce Elton, 3V2, Stephen Wayne, 
who died in infancy, and Stanley 
Ray, 9 months. 

During his student days Lowell 
Hoyt was engaged in radio repair 
work, and since entering the pas- 
torate he has worked some at house 
wiring. Besides this, he has taught 
in the Akron Bible Institute and the 
Altoona Bible Institute. 

Brother Hoyt is 5 feet, 11 inches 
tall, and has brown eyes and hair. 

while established on Law? It is a 
big order! 

Certainly Christians will do well 
to ponder a prayer that embodies all 
the essential desires of a praying 
heart. Wheri one argues that this is 
not a prayer in the name of Christ, 
or based on the work of Calvary, he 
fails to grasp the significance of ad- 
dressing God as "Our Father" — a 
privilege that belongs solely to those 

who have accepted His Son. Al- 
though the prayer does not close 
with the phrase, "in Jesus' name," 
certainly the surrendered believer 
asks in His name when he can say 
to the Father, "These things Thy 
Son told me to pray for." Those who 
take the prayer in the light of the 
whole Gospel will find the Lord Jesus 
at the heart of every phrase. (Con- 
denced from Prophecy Monthly.) 

January 21, 1950 



AT W. M. C. 

It was 7:25 p. m. when I rolled 
over by the big fireplace. I was all 
ready for the women's missionary 
meeting. While the ladies were 
coming in, I listened to the records 
on the phonograph — what beautiful 
organ music and trombone choir 
pieces! I tried to listen to what the 
ladies were talking about as they 
came in, but, boys and girls, you 
know how mothers can visit. Well, 
with 12 of them going all at once, I 
couldn't make any sense out of what 
they were saying. 

Finally the meeting started. Those 
ladies could really sing. Wonder 
why they don't sing that way in 

When it came time for the busi- 
ness part, I just sat and watched the 
fire. Of course I'm interested in the 
W. M. C, but I am really a Sister- 
hood penny and their goals and 
projects are different. 

I did learn something interesting. 
Mrs. Williams told us how the Jew- 
ish people celebrate Christmas. You 
know we have some new mission- 
aries to the Jewish people. They 
are the Buttons. We should pray 
for them daily. 

The reason I went to this W. M. C. 
meeting was because they were go- 
ing to have a special speaker. And 
the speiker was none other than 
Mrs. Marvin Goodman, one of our 
missionaries to Africa. I could have 
listened to her all night. She made 
me feel like I should go to Africa 
right now. She showed us all sorts 
of things from Africa: dresses — such 
as they were — bracelets, vases, 
spears, purses, idols, cloth, and lots 
of other things. 

Boys and girls, as I was listening 
to her I couldn't help but think: 
"What if I had been a penny in 
Africa — would I have heard about 
Jesus?" My, how thankful I am that 
I know Jesus as my Saviour — and 
that I have given my heart, my all, 
to Him to be used as He wants to 
use me. Here in America we have 
churches to go to, radios to hear 
about Jesus, Christian day schools, 
and, most of all, a Bible to read. And 
to think that many boys and girls in 
Africa don't have any of these won- 
derful things. 

Let us continue to pray for our 

missionaries that the Lord will keep 
them safe from all harm, and that 
He will help them tell more boys and 
girls about Jesus. 

After Mrs. Goodman answered 
many queslions, we had refresh- 
ments — the most important part of 
the W. M. C. to all children present 
(not excluding Penny). 

Now I've heard of hope chests, but 
never a "W. M. C. Hope Chest." The 
next time you see Mrs. Goodman 
you ask her how she liked it. This 
is how it works: all the ladies bring 
gifts they think a missionary might 
like. Then they let theii- missionary 
speaker look into the hope chest and 
pick out some things she can use on 
the mission field. Isn't that fun? 
Mrs. Goodman took pot holders, 
paper clips, jacks, ribbon, plastic 
dish covers, and clothespins. Of 
course the W. M. C. ladies see that 
the hope chest is kept full. 

I love all W. M. C. ladies. They 
are wonderful. Boys and girls, is 
your mother a W. M. C. lady? If 
not, ask her why she isn't. For our 
Brethren Women's Missionary Coun- 
cil is important. And if you don't 
think so — just ask any missionary. 

Do you like to go to W. M. C. 
meetings? I do. I usually get put 
into an offering plate. But after 
all, that is what I am for. 

Special paper-bound copies of 
"The Road Ahead." by John T. 
Flynn, news analyst, are being of- 
fered at 50c each, in any quantity, 
by the American Council of Chris- 
tian Churches, 15 Park Row, New 
York 7, N. Y. The book deals with 
the American trend toward a wel- 
fare state, and the part played by 
the Federal Council of Churches in 
this tendencv. (Order direct from 
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We want to give you a report of 
our recent revival. Advertisements 
of the meetings were placed in 1,500 
homes by actual house-to-house dis- 
tribution — not simply putting it in 
the door, but knocking at the door 
and giving a personal invitation 
with it. 

Rev. Lester Pifer, pastor of our 
Fremont, Ohio, church, was our 
evangelist for the two weeks, serv- 
ing in a very acceptable manner. 
His messages were clear, to the 
point, convincing, and Bible-cen- 
tered. From the very first, the 
power of God was upon the service. 
In all, a total of 47 decisions were 
made. About 30 of these were first- 
time decisions, at least in relation 
to the Brethren Church. During the 
campaign, two baptismal services 
were held, with a total of 18 being 
baptized, and several more now 
awaiting baptism. 

In addition to the evening serv- 
ices, a daily morning prayer service 
was held, with an average attend- 
ance of 27. The highest number any 
morning was 57, and the lowest 17. 
It increased from day to day. The 
period was spent in definite prayer 
for the lost. We found Brother Pifer 
a hard worker, willing to spend time 
and energy in calling with us in the 

With the close of the revival, the 
campaign closed, but the revival did 
not end. Last Sunday two more 
first-time decisions were made. 

God was in our midst, and the 
Spirit of God was upon the church. 
We covet the prayers of the church 
for continued blessing as we serve 
God in this large section of Akron. — 
Harold H. Etling, pastor. 


Noah fell into pitiful sensuality 
after years of faithful walk with God 
in self-restraint and puritv (Gen. 
6:9; 9:21). Abraham, the ""Friend 
of God," resorted to cai-nality at 85 
years of age (Gen. 16:3). Moses, the 
meek, rigorously schooled in self- 
mastery for over 100 years, at last 
allowed himself to be "provoked" 
into an outburst of "anger" (Psa 
106:32. 3;3; Num 11:1). Samuel, the 
m-^n of prayer, allowed family inter- 
ests to come ahead of lovalty to God 
(Psa. 99:6; I Sam. 8:1-7)." David. 


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"the beloved," nearing the end of 
his activities, yielded to unholy lusts 
and fell into terrible sins (I Ki. 15: 
5); and Solomon, the "lover of the 
Lord" (I Ki. 3:3; also II Sam. 12: 
25), "when he was old . . . turned 
away . . . after the abominations of 
the heathen" (I Ki. 11:4-9) .—Chris- 
tian Victory. 


Seventy-six ministers are contrib- 
utors of articles to the Encyclopedia 
Britannica, Editor Walter Yust of 
the Britannica announced after a 
tabulation. Among Britannica's con- 
tributors there are more than five 

ministers for every athlete; more 
than two ministers for every Nobel 
Prize winner, and nearly twice as 
many ministers as lawyers. The 76 
minister-authors compare with 64 
doctors, 52 musicians, artists, and 
actors, and 47 college presidents. — 
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Winona Lake, Ind. 

January 21, 1950 


Introducing to the Brotherhood — 


Mix seven children, ages from 
13 Vz years to 4 months, with Christ- 
mas vacation (the vacation strictly 
the children's), a bad cold virus 
which attached itself to four children 
at once (when they were on the 
mend Mother, Daddy and baby had 
a bout with the same germ) — and 
all this the week before Christmas. 
Keeping the three older boys busy 
and teaching them that work is a 
blessing and necessary to successful 
living is a more difficult task for 
Mother than if she did the work 
herself. She knows the youngsters 
don't believe work is a blessing. 
She is hard-pressed herself to be- 
lieve that at times when it is piled 
mountain high. The boys haven't 
found sufficient outside work since 
the family's recent move. Mother 
is convinced there ought to be a 
law that families with four or more 
children have to live on a farm. 
Anyway, there are times when 
Mother wonders how "all things 
work together for good to them that 
love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose" (Rom. 8: 
28). But those are the times when 
she must trust her all-wise Father. 

"Bill," asked Mother, "have you 
made your bed this morning?" "No," 
came the quick reply. "Please go do 
so." "Aw, why do I have to make 
my bed? No one will be seeing it." 
Then all work stopped till Mother 
had a talk with the lad who wasn't 
worried about what couldn't be seen. 
Such an attitude carried over into 
every-day living breeds carelessness 
and deceit. At first those evil 
thoughts, those unkind words, those 
lies, are not apparent. But very 
soon the heart's true condition shows 
in the face and life. Ultimately, no 
one, much less the Father in heaven, 
is deceived. Just like that boys 
choir Mother heard sing the other 
evening. That hundred or more 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

voices raised in melodious praise to 
the new-bom King transported her 
for those moments, swift gone, to a 
future festival of song and praise in 
that city of gold. Was Mother "taken 
in" by the cherubic looks of those 
boys with stiff white collars and 
black ties? She surely was. They 
not only looked, but sounded sweet. 
The illusion was short-lived, how- 
ever. We were no sooner home than 
her boy was into some mischief. 
The collar and choir and hymns had 
not changed the boy's nature. Praise 
God, when the redeemed of all ages 
join in praise around the Lamb, how 
we look and what we are will be 
the same. 

All the care and work and concern 
from the illness around here melted 
into oblivion on Christmas evening 
when six - year - old Dorotheann 
bravely walked down the aisle to 
publicly confess Christ as her Sav- 
iour. What a perfect gift for Daddy 
and Mother on this anniversary of 
the Redeemer's birth After being 
told of God's plan of redemption and 
being shown that Jesus Christ want- 
ed to confess her name before the 
Father in heaven, she took her step 
in a public way. On Monday morn- 
ing Mother heard the following con- 

"I got saved last night, Sharon. 
When are you going to get saved?" 

"Oh, last night," replied the four- 

"You don't want to go to hell, do 
you?" inquired Dorotheann. "It's 
not a nice place." 

As Mother went about her work 
with a heart full of gi-atitude to the 
Lord who saves the little ones as 
well as adults, she prayed for more 
fervor in winning others to Christ. 
Can you picture the transformation 
in the church of Jesus Christ if all 
who were saved would immediately 
start to deal with the lost around 
them as Dorotheann talked to her 
sister? This is the beginning of a 
new year. Till He comes may we 


By PhUlip J. Simmons 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 
Altooim, Pa. 

Brethren, may I have the privilege 
of introducing to you Bro. Marion 
Gates, 5419 Kissell Ave., Altoona, 
Pa. He is a man who has a genuine 
love for the Lord and seeks to serve 
Him in a church group which be- 
lieves in a separated Christian walk, 
and one that is not bound by legal- 
ism and modernism. This past Jime 
he graduated from the Pennsylvania 
Bible Institute of Philadelphia. He 
is married and has three lovely 

Brother Gates has come to our 
church with a Church of the Breth- 
ren background, and has already 
been a blessing to our mission 
church. He has very ably supplied 
for the pastor, served as a Sunday 
school teacher, and is serving as 
superintendent in the interim while 
waiting for the Lord's leading as to 
a pastorate. 

He has met with the ministerial 
examining board of our district at 
the request of the local church, and 
they have recommended that he be 
licensed to the Brethren ministry 
upon receiving a call to pastor a 
Brethren church. We can recom- 
mend him highly to any church 
which would like to contact a young 
man without previous pastoral ex- 
perience but who has a great zeal 
for the Lord, and loves the exposi- 
tory type of preaching. He enjoys 
the assistance of a good helpmate. 

resolve by God's grace to win them 
one by one. 

"Now is the accepted time; behold, 
now is the day of salvation" (II Cor. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

January 21, 1950 


Vol. 12, No. 4— Jan. 28, 1950 




"A Few Dollars" 

This morning, whUe trying to tune in some radio news 
at the breakfast table, I finally got a group of reporters 
interviewing a certain United States Senator. This 
Senator was a supporter of the "welfare state" philoso- 
phy, but not a radical. Even he seemed to be a bit un- 
easy at the reckless way that the money of the people is 
being thrown around. In the course of their questioning, 
the reporters finally got around to the problem of high 
taxes. Did the Senator, the reporters wanted to know, 
think that taxes might be cut at all? Well, the great 
man replied, not much, but they might be able to cut 
"a jew dollars" oS the tax bill for the coming year. But 
one reporter wanted to know "how much?" "Oh," re- 
plied the Senator, "perhaps a billion dollars!" 

This is the kind of thinking, on the part of our rulers, 
that is bringing us closer to the brink of financial disas- 
ter. When those who are responsible for the welfare of 
the nation begin to think of a "billion" as only a "few" 
dollars, it may not be long until this will be actually true. 
Already within a very few years the "cheap money" 
advocates have cut the real value of a billion dollars to 
just about one-half its original value. Give them a few 
more years of power and the billion may not be worth 
even a million. In ordinary life, if you reach into the 
pocket of a fellow-citizen and take one-half of the cash 
you find there, the police will make life very uncom- 
fortable for you, and you will be called a "thief." But 
when our Government, by various financial shenanigans, 
not only takes half the cash in our pockets, but also half 
of our insurance policies, etc., it is regarded by some 
people as "progressive," "benevolent," "socially minded," 
"deeply concerned about the welfare of the people!" 
What our country needs is a government of men who 
will be more concerned about the old-fashioned virtues 
of "honesty" and "truth" and "morality." 

In the face of these perils, we should be thankful as 
Christians that there is still a place where our treasures 
can be deposited safely, a place where men cannot take 
it by violence nor governments can steal it by the slicker 
method of "inflation," a place where instead of "depre- 
ciating" it becomes more and more valuable, a place 
where the "interest" will come back to you throughout 
all eternity. In nations where the rulers adopt a delib- 
erate policy of monetary inflation, the "smart" people 
actually rush to get rid of their cash, putting it into 
kinds of property where the values will not fall. This is 
a time when the children of light should be at least as 
intelligent as the children of this world. There are still 
some "securities" whose value is guaranteed by the 
Eternal God Himself. Let us not put our wages into a 
bag with holes. 

A Good Investment 

Just about 10 years ago, in a certain Brethren church, 
the Sunday school teachers were told that they would 
no longer be permitted to teach their classes unless they 
would sign a paper pledging their support to a certain 
college where the Christian faith was being questioned 
by a part of its teaching staff. It was no easy decision 
they had to make that day. It meant leaving their 
classes, a break with fonner friends, and going out with 
nothing except the promises of God. But several of 
those teachers, having counted the cost, went out not 
knowing where, but confident that they could not lose 
by walking in faithfulness to God. 

Does such faithfulness pay? Well, these few faithful 
teachers and the few who went with them are now 
grown into a Sunday school with an enrollment of 200 
and an average attendance of 160. They have buUt a 
beautiful church edifice worth probably $75,000, located 
in one of the finest parts of the city, with a main audi- 
torium able to seat 500 people. It was my happy priv- 
ilege to deliver the dedicatory message in the new build- 
ing not long ago, and I never saw a happier people. If 
you want to see what God is able to do in response to 
faith, visit the Grace Brethren Church at Fremont, Ohio. 

Grace Theological Seminary has had a deep interest 
in this work from the very beginning. Of the four pas- 
tors who have ministered there, three are graduates of 
Grace Seminanj, and the other spent some time in the 
Seminary classes. The first pastor, Bro. Jack Simmons, 
went there to shepherd the little group of outcasts while 
he was still a student in the Seminary. Under the lead- 
ership of Bro. Robert D. Culver, the new building was 
started. As the third pastor, Bro. Raymond Blood laid 
down his life on this field. Under the present pastor, 
Bro. Lester Pifer, the building was completed and ded- 

I could wish that all who have given to the support of 
Grace Seminary could visit this Fremont church to see 
the rich dividends paid by the grace of God on the orig- 
inal investment. This is not to forget the gifts to the 
Home Missions Council which also have meant much to 
the new church there. After all, under God we are all 
workers together in these matters. And it always pays. 

The New Date 

Thus far there has been a very fine reaction on the 
part of the pastors and churches to the suggested change 
of the Seminary Annual Offering date. Where any opin- 
ion has been expressed, the January date has been fa- 
vored. A number have felt that the last Sunday in Jan- 
uary would be even better, and some have chosen to use 
that date. The Seminary faculty and students are grate- 
ful for your earnest prayers and generous gifts on behalf 
of this ministry. 


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The Bible Background of Evangelism 


It may surprise the ordinary reader to learn that the 
English word "evangelism" does not occur once in the 
Authorized Version. And even its related term "evEin- 
gelist" occurs but three times (Acts 21:28, Eph. 4:11, II 
Tim. 4:5). But these few passages do not convey a 
fraction of the large place given in the Word of God to 
the thing which we have named Evangelism. To dis- 
cover this we must examine the Greek term. 

The Word for Evangelism ' 

It is a compound word made of "eu," meaning good or 
well, and "angelos," meaning messenger. In the New 
Testament the word occurs in three forms: (1) euangel- 
ion, which means "good news" and is uniformly trans- 
lated "gospel"; (2) euangeltzo, which means "to tell good 
news" and is generally translated "preach" or "preach 
the gospel"; (3) euangelistes, which means "one who tells 
good news" and is translated "evangelist." The close re- 
lation between these Greek words, which occur 130 times 
in the New Testament, would be more apparent to the 
English reader if they had been rendered respectively 
"evangel," "evangelize," and "evangelist." 

An examination of the New Testament passages re- 
vesds that the work which we call "evangelism" arises 
directly out of the Christian "evangel" or Gospel. There 
were evangelists in the early church because there was 
an evangel to preach. The evangelists did not produce 
the evangel. The evangel produced the evangelists! Be- 
cause this is so, all discussions of the work of Evangelism 
should begin with its message. 

The Message of Evangelism 

What is the Evangel or Gospel of New Testament 
Evangelism? It has at least three general characteris- 
tics: (1) the Gospel is a message of Good News, and 
therefore cannot be any mere system of law or ethics or 
social program; (2) the Gospel is good news from God, 
a divine revelation, not a human philosophy; (3) the 
Gospel is good news concerning a person, our Lord Jesus 
Christ, what He is, and what He did. More specifically, 
concerning the Incarnate Son of God who died for our 
sins and rose again from the dead (Rom. 1:1-3 and I 
Cor. 15:1-4); (4) the Gospel is the good news of com- 
plete salvation in Christ by grace through faith apart 
from all human works and righteousness (Rom. 4:3-5, 
Eph. 2:8-10, Rom. 11:6). Anything else, no matter how 
good it may appear, is not the Gospel that saves men 
from sin and its final doom. 

The Work of Evangelism 

Viewed from one standpoint God Himself is an Evan- 
gelist, for in the Scriptures we are told He preached 
beforehand the Gospel to Abraham (Gal. 3:8). And 
Christ was an Evangelist, for He came preaching the 
Evangel of the Kingdom. But the work of evangelism 
during the present age has been committed wholly to 
men. If you ask what men, the answer is found in 
Ephesians 4:11, 12, a very important passage on the sub- 
ject of evangelism. It reads as follows in the American 
Revised Version: 

"And he gave some to be apostles; and some, proph- 

January 28, 1950 

ets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teach- 
ers; for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of 
ministering, unto the building up of the Body of Christ." 
The entire program of Christian Evangelism is here. 
Note several things: 

1. These names in the passage decribe gifts to the 
Church, not offices in the Church. What is the differ- 
ence? The offices are elective, wholly within the power 
of the church to confer or to withhold; and there are 
but two, the Eldership and the Deaconate. The gifts are 
spiritual endowments, directly bestowed by a sovereign 
Christ. They may and should be recognized by the 
church, but cannot be conferred by any church. The 
church by election may create elders and deacons, but 
no church can make an evangelist or a pastor or teacher. 
Only God can do this. 

2. Each one of the gifts mentioned in the Ephesians 
passage describes a distinctive function in the church. 
The apostles were eyewitnesses to the facts of the Gos- 
pel and founded the church. The apostles and prophets 
interpreted these facts under the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit, first orally, and finally in the New Testament 
writings. The evangelists spread the Good News con- 
tained in the New Testament, planting churches in new 
places. The pastors and teachers took over the new 
churches as shepherds of the flock. 

3. Not all these gifts were intended to he permanent. 
Once the church was founded and equipped with the 
New Testament records, there was no further need of 
apostles and prophets. These gifts then passed away. 
The apostles have no successors. But the work of en- 
larging the church, of pastoring and teaching it, must 
go on. Hence, down through the centuries and now, we 
have the remaining gifts as a permanent possession. 

4. The final purpose of these gifts is to huild up the 
Body of Christ through the ministry of its own member- 
ship. Notice the language of the Revised Version. The 
pastors and teachers exist "for the perfecting of the 
saints." And this perfecting of the saints is "unto the 
work of ministering." And this work of ministering by 
the saints results in the "building up of the Body of 
Christ." God's purpose in giving evangelists and pastors 
and teachers to the church was not to buUd up a closed 
clerical order which would monopolize the ministry of 
soul-winning, but to exercise this ministry with and 
through a trained membership. 

The Responsibility of Evangelism 

Thus, I conclude, the responsibility of Evangelism 
rests upon every member of the church of God as a gen- 
eral duty. No one can escape it. But in a special sense 
this responsibility rests upon that select group of men 
who have in special measure the divine gift of evange- 
lism. A study of the New Testament conveys the im- 
pression that the evangelist was an itinerant, going to 
new places, starting new churches. Once the church 
was started, the pastor was to teach the membership and 
work with and through them to extend the work of 
evangelism in that locality, while the evangelist moved 
on to a new place. 

The modem church has departed from the program of 


the Word in two serious respects: First, many pastors 
have failed to teach their people to become a self-prop- 
agating body. (Perhaps there are too many elected to 
the eldership who have not the divine gift of pastoring 
and teaching. Or, on the other hand, perhaps too many 
pastors fail because they are trying to teach their mem- 
bers to do something which they are not doing them- 
selves. Laziness can destroy the value of the gift.) And 
this first blunder has led to the second: Because the 
average church has not become self -propagating, it has 
turned this task over to the evangelist, thus hindering 
his wider ministry of preaching in new places. And the 
evangelist, in turn, has too often become satisfied to 
confine his ministry to already existing churches, to the 
neglect of the unevangelized fields. 

The Biblical Assumptions of Evangelism 

Certain presuppositions stand behind all true New 
Testament evangelism. They may not he dealt with in 
any formal way, yet they are always present in the 
background. For lack of space these assumptions can 
only be stated briefly. 

The first is the reality of sin and its doom. Tell me 
the attitude of a church toward sin and I will tell you its 
attitude toward evangelism. The cult of Eddyism, which 
denies the reality of sin, has lecturers, but no evange- 
lists. And Modernism, which weakens the sense of sin, 
creates an atmosphere which stifles evangelism. 

The second assumption is salvation by free grace, the 
work of God, not men. Since evangelism is the herald- 
ing of Good News, it cannot live in the dead sea of legal- 
ism. It is no good news to tell men they must save 
themselves. It is good news to know that the work is 
done. The preaching of law and commandments as a 
way of salvation may produce proselytes but not con- 
verts. It may change our opinions, but it will not change 
our hearts. 

The third assumption of evangelism is the fact of hu- 
man responsibility. Man is not responsible to save him- 
self. He cannot save himself. But man is responsible 
for his choices. He is not required to climb the steep 
ascent to heaven, but he is responsible to choose the 
Way of Life when set before him. Wherever the sense 
of personal responsibility is dulled, whether by a hyper- 
Calvinistic theology or a mechanistic psychology, true 
evangelism ceases. 

The foui-th assumption is the absolute lordship of 
Christ. Before our Lord gave His great commission to 
evangelize the nations. He reminded the disciples that 
"all authority" was given Him both in heaven and on 
earth. If this be true, then every human soul must deal 
at last with Christ, either for salvation or for judgment. 
There is no other Saviour. There is no other Judge. 
This is what Paul had in mind when he wrote, "Know- 
ing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men." 
Again, if Christ has all authority, then He has the right 
to command me as a Christian, my life, my talent, my 
substance, in the work of evangelism. This is what Paul 
meant when he said, "Woe is unto me, if I preach not the 
gospel." This is the great imperative which is, and must 
continue to be, at the center of all the activities of Grace 
Theological Seminary and the churches which it serves. 



December 22, 1949. 

Dear Brother and Sister McClain: 

These past ten days have been among the most thrill- 
ing of my life! We spent two days at Damascus viewing 
some of the scenes that certainly must have been famil- 
iar to the Apostle Paul. We saw the Abana River, and 
the "street called Straight" lined with its oriental ba- 
zaars. There is now a gate and a portion of the old 
street, twenty feet below the present one (recently ex- 
cavated) which certainly must have been the one of 
Paul's day. Then, the Damascus Wall, etc., of which I 
spoke on the card, I believe. 

Tyre and Sidon are surely monimients of fulfilled 
prophecy. Sidon is flourishing on the original spot, but 
Tyre is just as Ezekiel said it would be — bare as a rock. 
Just as we arrived at the site of Tyre, some fishermen 
were drawing in a huge net. Then we saw also the 
pillars and stones that Alexander cast into the sea. 
Excavations are now going on, and portions of the an- 
cient city have been uncovered, together with the very 
marble temple that Alexander requested permission to 

We visited Baalbek with its gigantic ruins and were 
able to realize something of the splendor of the Roman 
Empire, even in Asia Minor. 

Perhaps the most exciting trip, however, was our five- 
day sojourn to the ruins of the rose-red city of Petra^ — 
the capital of ancient Edom. Time and space forbid 
saying much here. It was marvelous beyond descrip- 
tion of anything I ever dreamed it could be. We visited 
its temples cut from the solid rock, climbed to the great 
high place and saw there the altars. We looked into 
many of the 700 or more rooms cut in the red rock of the 
hills of Petra. Edom is today a desolation and a source 
of amazement, just as the prophets said it would be! 

But what a contrast is Amman, which has continued 
to be fruitful. Farmers are now ploughing the soU. The 
king's palace is here, etc., just as the prophets said. 
Amman, which was to know a restoration in the latter 
days, has been growing recently at an amazing rate. 
Twenty-five years ago the population was a few hun- 
dred. In 1939 there were 12,000 people here; in 1945 
the city had grown to 65,000, and since the recent difiS- 
culties in the Holy Land, the population during the past 
two years has increased to 140,000! What an amazing 
contrast to the perpetual desolation of Edom! What a 
remarkable evidence for divine inspiration! 

Today we visited Mt. Nebo, and I cannot describe the 
feelings that were mine as I stood on that hallowed 
ground where the Lord — somewhere near the spot 
where we stood — showed Moses the promised land. 
There below us was the Dead Sea with its potash works 
along the northern rim. There was the Jordan River 
meandermg down through the valley to the Dead Sea. 
There we could see Jericho and in the background the 
hills of Judea. On this mountain — some place — the an- 
gels tenderly laid the body of Moses to rest. 

Tomorrow we go to Jericho, the Jordan, the Dead 
Sea, Bethany, and Jerusalem. There is so much to see 
and so little time to see it. We are moving along and 
the Lord is blessing! Pray for us. 
In His grace, 


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By PROF. CONARD SANDY, Collegiate Division 

The child of God knows nothing that is more precious 
to his soul and from which he gains more spiritual 
strength and comfort than the knowledge that he has an 
unchanging Christ. The Word of God declares in clear 
and certain terms that the Lord Jesus Christ is "the 
same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb. 13:8). 
Upon this fact the saint can build his faith and to it he 
can anchor his hope for time and eternity. 

First, the Lord Jesus is an unchanging Person. In the 
person and personality of each and every member of the 
human race there is constant change because of sin. 
Jesus Christ never simied, hence He could not and will 
not at any time in His eternal existence experience 
change as the result of sin. 

Also, among men change is a result of old age. The 
hair turns gray or falls from the head, the limbs become 
weak, the heart fails to function properly, and the mind 
loses its power as one grows old in the physical life. But 
Jesus, our Saviour and Lord, can never grow old — He is 
timeless — and therefore He will never know change as 
the outcome of old age. 

Jesus Christ alone could say of Himself, "I am the 
bread of life," "I am the light of the world," "I am the 
way, the truth, and the life," and other similar state- 
ments. In each of these He used the ever-present and 
ever-existent "I am." With Him it was not "I was" or 
"I will be," but "I am." 

The Holy Spirit has recorded concerning Him, "Thou, 
Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the 
earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 
they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall 
wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou 
fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art 
the same, and thy years shall not fail" (Heb. 1:10-12). 

Indeed with H. F. Lyte each believer must say: 

"Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day; 

Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away; 
Change and decay in all around I see: 

O Thou who changest not, abide with me!" 

Secondly, this unchanging Person is the Author and 
the Promoter of an unchanging program. He always 
deals with His own with an unchanging love, for He said 
in His last message to mankind under the old covenant, 
"I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob 
are not consimied" (Mai. 3:6). This people towards 
whom He exercised this unchanging program had 
"changed their glory for that which doth not profit." 
Concerning them the Lord also said, "My people have 
committed two evils; they have forsaken me the foun- 
tain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, 
broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jer. 2:11-13). 
Yet Jehovah continued to love them and through their 
nation the Lord Jesus came to earth. 

Under the new covenant the Lord Jesus continues His 
unchanging program toward men in the provision of the 

plan of salvation. He came to make possible escape from 
death, sin, and hell. It has always been His purpose to 
save men and to bring them unto Himself. The cross 
was no afterthought with God ; it was determined before 
the foundation of the world. 

It is little wonder, therefore, that Horatius Bonar 

"I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood, 

I see the mighty sacrifice and have peace with God. 

'Tis everlasting peace, sure as Jehovah's name; 

'Tis stable as His steadfast throne, forevermore the same. 

The clouds may go and come, and storms may sweep the 

This blood-sealed friendship changes not — the cross is 

ever nigh. 
My love is oft-times low, my joy still ebbs and flows. 
But peace with Him remains the same, no change Jeho- , 

vah knows. 
I change. He changes not, the Christ can never die; ! 

His love, not mine, the resting place — His truth, not' 

mine, the tie." 

Thirdly, this unchanging Person who is working in 
the saint's behalf according to an unchanging program 
has left to His followers many unchanging promises for 
their encouragement and assurance. Since He is who 
He is His promises must be of the same character and 
quality as the Maker thereof. 

Many illustrations of this truth might be cited, but 
only one will be used. The promise concerning the 
return of the blessed Lord is just as sure as was the 
promise of His first coming. On this matter He said, 
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, be- 
lieve also in me. In my Father's house are many man- 
sions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to 
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place 
for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; 
that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3). 
In another place He added, "Behold, I come quickly; and 
my reward is with me, to give every man according as 
his work shall be" (Rev. 22:12). 

It is to the believer's merit that he does not fulfil 
every promise he makes, for sometimes they are made 
rashly and foolishly. But the Lord never made a prom- 
ise that He can not and wUl not keep. Those who accept 
His unchanging program of salvation ought also to re- 
ceive this unchanging promise. 

There are no promises of men that can bring the joy 
and peace that one derives from this promise, that is, if 
that one is ready and anxious for the soon return of the 
Lord of Glory. The thought of meeting the unchanging 
Saviour must strike fear to the heart of those who con- 
tinue to resist Him. 

Because of all this the Lord could say to His own 
through the prophet Jeremiah, "Yea, I have loved thee 
with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness 
have I drawn thee" (31:3). Friend, do you believe this; 
are you acquainted with the unchanging Christ of the 

January 28, 1950 


The Word of God and the Office of Deacon 

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew 


[In the foregoing installments Mr. Culver has dis- 
cussed the institution of the office of deacon, its nature, 
and the qualifications for those who hold it. This in- 
stallment concludes the series.] 

The final consideration wUl be — 

DEACON, answering the question, How should the 
functions of this office be conducted? 

Some of the things that have just been said in this 
address have sounded like "hard sayings." Many of 
you are going to wish to ponder these sayings many 
days before you are prepared to accept them. Perhaps 
the conclusions reached have seemed a little too revo- 
lutionary. Maybe you were saying, "We have never 
passed this way before." I realize all this and wUl not 
be offended, personally, if you do not see eye to eye with 
me on everything. All I ask is that you settle your 
differences with me in accordance with "the Bible, the 
whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible." 

Perhaps the discussion upon the administration of 
this office will cushion somewhat the shock of what has 
been said about the nature of the office and the qualifi- 
cations for it. I am convinced that, under God and 
through the Lordship of the Holy Spirit, the work of 
the deacons has been largely done in the past even if 
not by men called deacons but by other men called by 
other names. The Holy Spirit frequently overrules in 
such matters as these for the benefit of the church. 
This will be seen as we examine the passage which 
treats the administration of the office. I refer to I Peter 
4:10, 11. 

"As every man hath received the gift, even so min- 
ister [the word is the same as that translated "use the 
office of a deacon"] the same one to another, as good 
stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man 
speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man 
minister [use the office of a deacon], let him do it as of 
the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may 
be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise 
and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 

I am very sure that these spiritual instructions are 
applicable to us all in any service we perform to the 
Lord. Nevertheless the terminology makes them fully 
and especially applicable to the performance of the office 
of deacon (or deaconess). Omitting the first in verse 11 
which seems to apply more directly to the teaching elder 
there remain three specific instructions to deacons in 
the performance of their office. First, 

1. The strength must he supplied by the Holy Ghost — 
"If any man minister [use the office of a deacon], let him 
do it as of the ability which God giveth." 

We are not left in doubt as to just how God supplies 
this ability or strength. Concerning the first deacons 
the twelve said that they should be "seven men of honest 
report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom." Concern- 

ing Stephen, it is said that he was "a man full of faith 
and of the Holy Ghost." This is what it means. No man 
can perform the most menial, common, servile task in 
the service of the Lord satisfactorily vmless the strength 
for it be supplied by God Himself. 

This is not supplied except to men like these first 
seven who were full of faith, wisdom (received in an- 
swer to prayer — Jas. 1:5), and of honest report. Get 
men like these doing the functions of treasurer, trustee, 
financial secretary, etc., and the work will get done 
whether you call them deacons or not! This is basic 
and fundamental. In such a case the Holy Ghost's own 
administration can supersede and overrule our faulty 
practices and constitutions. 

The second instruction is a declaration of the purpose 
of men who perfonn this work. 

2. The purpose or aim in the performance must al- 
ways be the glory of God — "that God in all things may 
be glorified." 

This cannot be overemphasized. No man can perform 
for God an acceptable service unless his one aim and 
goal is to please God and honor Him. If he is excessively 
worried about what men may think, either in or out of 
the congregation, then he has a divided purpose. Paul's 
words found in Ephesians 6:6 are quite as applicable to 
deacons in the church as to the slaves of yesteryear — 
"Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the serv- 
ants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart." 

It should hardly need to be added that personal gloi-y, 
personal praise, personal gain are entirely unworthy 
aims. The deacon or deaconess who serves for such 
aims, however efficient and sacrificial his service, may 
find in the day when "every man's work shall be made 
manifest" (I Cor. 3:13) that his "work shall be burned, 
he shall suffer loss." Finally — 

3. Christ Himself is the realm of his service. "Realm" 
does not just exactly convey the meaning of the phrase 
"through Jesus Christ." The idea is that He is the 
realm, the means, the motive, and theme of Christian 
service. If we preach, we preach Jesus Christ. If we 
hope, we hope for Jesus Christ. If we sing, we sing 
Jesus Christ. We who were "chosen in him before the 
foundation of the world" now live "in him." We are 
"new creatures in Christ Jesus." 

Before I close perhaps I can offer a suggestion or two 
as to how these Biblical instructions concerning the in- 
stitution, nature, qualifications, and administration of 
this office may be carried out. I think that we can at 
least start by applymg the qualifications to all the 
regularly elected officers of the church. I do not mean 
to say that no one can serve in any capacity who fa"s 
short on one of these, but certainly those who serve in 
any capacity comparable to that outlined in the Scrip- 
tures for the deacon should not do so unless they are 
spiritually qualified for that office. I am afraid that we 
shall not reach this spiritual standard by a lot of legis- 
lation — standards of separation written mto constitu- 
tions, etc. Our only hope is in the spiritual life of the 
people who elect the officers. Let the pastor read these 


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qualifications at the business meeting when officers are 
elected and let him soundly enjoin the voting members 
present to nominate and elect only those who meet the 
qualifications for the deacon. This at least is the place 
to begin. 

It wUl be helpful also if public attention is given to 
preaching on the subject before the time of election 
takes place. In older churches especially an extended 
program of teaching wUl be necessary before extensive 
changes of this kind, good and well-intentioned as they 
may be, can be successfully accomplished. If your 
church is a new one, then the case is different. By all 
means see that your new church constitution on this 
score is in full harmony with the New Testament. If 
your church is interested in a suggested church consti- 
tution embodying these principles, write the speaker. 

A number of years ago there was quite a famous 
preacher In this country called "Bud" Robinson. He 

was noted for his picturesque language. When the late 
Frank Coleman, Jr., was pastor at Waterloo, Iowa, a few 
years ago, he included in his bulletin one Sunday one 
of "Bud" Robinson's prayers. Permit me to present it 
as a good example of a deacon's prayer. With this we 

"Oh Lord, give me a backbone as big as a saw log, 
And ribs like the sleepers under the church floor. 
Put iron shoes on me, and galvanized breeches. 
And give me a rhinoceros hide for a skin; 
And hang a wagon load of determination up in the 

gable end of my soul; 
And help me to fight the devil as long as I have got a 

And bite him as long as I've got a tooth. 
And then gum him tUl I die! 
All this I ask, for Christ's sake. Amen." 

"They Were As Sheep Not Having a Shepherd" 

By DR. HERMAN A. HOYT, Dean and Registrar 

Early or late in the ministry of our blessed Lord, He 
displayed the essential characteristics of a shepherd. As 
multitudes swaiTned about Him through the day, or as 
men came to Him privately by night. He was always 
looking at them through the eyes of a shepherd. And 
small wonder, for as the Divine Shepherd He came to 
give, to guide, and to guard the sheep. There was ever 
before Him the vision of milling multitudes of people 
who were as sheep without a shepherd. 

Centuries before, God had given to the people a shep- 
herd in the person of Moses. As his life and ministry 
were fast drawing to a close, his most Insistent yearning 
was for someone, God appointed, to take up the task 
where he must lay it down, and carry on. He voiced 
this yearning in a great prayer, "Let the Lord, the God 
of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 
which may go out before them, and which may go in 
before them, and which may lead them out, and which 
may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be 
not as sheep which have no shepherd (Num. 27:16, 17). 

A thousand years passed by, and many there were 
who took up where Moses had been compelled to lay 
down his task. The type of shepherds at the time of 
Ezekiel was altogether different from that first great 
shepherd, Moses. "Son of man, prophesy against the 
shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus 
saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the 
shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not 
the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye 
clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but 
ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strength- 
ened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, 
neither have ye bound up that which was broken, 
neither have ye brought again that which was driven 
away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but 
with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And 
they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and 
they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when 
they were scattered" (Ezek. 34:2-5). 

After fulfilling in His public ministry the functions of 
a shepherd, and even though intending to carry on this 
ministry from His exalted place in the heavens, still. 

almost the final charge Christ gave, was that of a shep- 
herding commission. Though there was a sense In which 
He delivered this to Peter personally, yet there is an- 
other sense in which all that He said was meant for all 
His disciples, and in turn, all those since who have ex- 
perienced the call to some such ministry. Magnificently 
and marvelously He opened up to His own the necessary 
functions and the consequent responsibilities of the 
shepherd. This was at the hour of devotion one morn- 
ing just following breakfast. With the tenderness of a 
shepherd He taught a sheep the need for sympathy with 
the sheep, the need for sovereignty over the sheep, the 
need for sacrifice for the sheep (John 21:15-17). 

1. Sympathy with the sheep is necessary for the 
successful shepherding of sheep (15). Twice it is af- 
firmed of Jesus that He had compassion upon the mul- 
titude for He saw them as sheep without a shepherd 
(Matt. 9:36; Mark 6:34). Compassion or sympathy is 
that deep, inner feeling along with the sheep. It does 
not only recognize urgent need, but it compels the shep- 
herd to supply the need. 

The command to Peter, "Feed my lambs," meant that 
very thing. By the word "lambs" Christ was emphasiz- 
ing limitation, spiritual limitation in every way: in 
stature, strength, stability. But where the "lambs" are 
little, the shepherd is great, and he must provide for the 
sheep. Jesus is the Great Shepherd of the sheep (Heb. 
13:20), and His sympathy for the sheep is deep. Be- 
cause He is great, there was then, and is now, no detail 
too small for Him to consider. And He wants the same 
thing in every under-shepherd. 

But the channel for achievement is not by looking at 
the sheep, but by loving the Great Shepherd. "Lovest 
thou me?" is the question which faces every one who 
would be a shepherd. 

2. Sovereignty over the sheep is also necessary for 
successful shepherding of the sheep (16). As the Chief 
Shepherd (I Pet. 5:4) while among men, and as the one 
in the future who will rule the nations. He displays this 
important quality. 

The command to Peter, "Feed my sheep," is a charge 
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January 28, 1950 




HOMER A. KENT, JR. Reporter 



Dec. 9 — Richard Alan made his arrival today as the 

son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glass. Roy is a Junior 

from Alexandria, Va. 

Dec. 12 — The annual Christmas party drew a large 

crowd of student families. As each person ar- 

^^^___ rived, he was "tagged" with the 

^B'''~^iJBfc» name of one of Santa's reindeer. 

^R^SR^^W^k While the youngsters were enter- 

■P^K- • 1 tained by themselves, the adults 

^ ^» ' ■" divided into groups according to 

their "tags." Members of the so- 
cial committee had charge of 
games in each room. Every 30 
minutes the groups were shuffled 
and rotated. The conclusion of 
the evening brought carol sing- 
ing and refreshments for all. 
Unanimous opinion prevailed that' 
Social Chairman Virgil New- 
brander had produced another "hit." 
Dec. 16 — As students and faculty arrived for classes, 
they were startled to find a small automobile 
sedately parked outside the president's office on the sec- 
ond floor. On it was a placard reading: "Office to Chapel 
Express — Driver, Dr. McClain." Resting on the top was 
a child's chair bearing the sign, "Lookout — Blaine Sny- 
der." No one seemed to know just how the car climbed 
those stairs, but all were agreed that faculty efficiency 
in inter-office transportation would be immeasui'ably 
increased. Most of the facts regarding this highly ii-- 
regular occurrence are veiled in deep secrecy, but 
"usually reliable sources" say that the car resembles a 
Crosley owned by Charles Boehr, a Junior. (See pic- 
Dec. 17-23 — Bill Smith conducted evangelistic services 
at Buena Vista, Va., in the church pastored 
by Rev. Galen Lingenfelter. Many decisions were made 
during the meetings, including two first-time decisions. 
Bill also found time to go rabbit hunting with the pastor 

and Ken Teague. 
Dec. 18 — The Seminary Quartet sang in Warsaw High 

School at the monthly chapel service. 
Dec. 21 — Ralph Gilbert spoke at the chapel of the Po- 
tomac Christian Day School in Washington, 
D. C. Rev. Ray Layman, alumnus of '48, is an in- 
structor in the school. 
Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve was the occasion of the en- 
gagement of Reese Johnson, Middler, to Peggy 
Ferguson, of Kokomo. Reese reports plans for an early- 
summer wedding. (This news was not entirely unex- 
Dec. 24 — Lois Hall (Collegiate Division), exhibited a 
sparkling ring on the third finger, left hand. 
The lucky man is Lester Kennedy (Middler). An- 
nouncement took place at Clearbrook, Va. 
Dec. 25 — Seminary students conducted the evening 
service in the First Brethren Church of Long 

FACULTY CAR: Even seminary students have their 
fun! (For explanation, see item jar Dec. 16.) 

Beach, Calif. Wanda Goodall and Leonard Herring 
gave testimonies and Johnny Mayes brought the mes- 
Dec. 27 — George Cone became engaged to Ruth Ann 
Adams, of Des Moines, Iowa. George is a 
Seminary Junior. 
Dec. 28 — Mr. and Mrs. Carson Rottler became the par- 
ents of a son, Carson Lee. Carson is a Sem- 
inary Middler. 
Jan. 1 — Ralph Burns preached at the Third Brethren 
Church of Philadelphia. He participated in a jail 
service in the afternoon. On the preceding Sunday he 
spoke at the Bethany Church of the Brethren. 
Jan. 3 — Basketball season is now in full swing. Four 
teams have been organized, taking their names 
from their respective captains. The standings are as 
follows: first place, Volgamen: second place (a tie), 
Combers and Characters: fourth place, Waltmen. In- 
dividual scoring honors go to Walt Smetana for the 
single-game total of 17 points, and to "Zachy" Combs 
for the season mark of 30 points (two games). The best 
defensive play has been shown by Bob Mclntyre. Ref- 
eree for the games is Dick Jackson, who also has sup- 
plied these statistics. 
Jan. 4 — Rev. L. L. Grubb spoke to the students on the 
program of the Home Missions Council in es- 
tablishing churches in the cities and villages of our 

Jan. 5 — The First Baptist Church of Mentone, Ind., pas- 
tored by Milton Dowden. now requires that all 
deacons, trustees, and officers refrain from all outward 
signs of worldliness, such as the use of intoxicating bev- 
erages, tobacco, cards, theater, and the dance. The 
church budget adopted for the year includes $6,000 for 
general expenses and $6,000 for missions. 


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Jan. 5 — Recent heavy rains have raised the water level 

of the lake considerably. Gail Stanley (Colle- 
giate Division) will confirm this statement. The front 
yai-d of his trailer home is under water! By using boats 
and boots, he and his neighbors manage to enter and 

leave their homes. 
Jan. 7 — Mr. and Mrs. Ken Marken became the parents 

of a daughter, Grace Elizabeth. The Markens 
have one other daughter. Ken is a member of the Senior 

Jan. 8 — ^The Seminary Quartet sang at the services of 

the Tippecanoe Christian Church, which is pas- 
tored by Lee Jenkins. Wayne Flory preached in the 
morning, and Buford Karraker in the evening. 
Jan. 10 — Rev. Dale F. Cryderman, pastor of the loceil 
Free Methodist Church, spoke before the Sem- 
inary chapel. 
Jan. 12— Miss Miriam Bracken, of Gospel Recordings, 
Incorporated, brought a very informative and 
interesting message to the students concerning the use 
of the phonograph for missioneiry work. 


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to exercise such rule over the flock of God. The word 
"feed" diEEers from the word used in verses 15 and 17. 
It rather sets forth the entire office of the shepherd with 
emphasis upon rulership. The same word used in Mat- 
thew 2:6 and Revelation 19:15 and rendered "rule" 
clearly distinguishes this idea. Jesus saw the sheep 
straggling, straying, scattering; they were faltering, fail- 
ing, falling in the way for want of a shepherd. So with 
that same deep yearning for the sheep He commissions 
to sovereignty. 

But the avenue of achievement is not to be found in 
a mere exercise of authority, nor in a mere recognition 
of need in the sheep. It can be realized only by loving 
the Chief Shepherd. For that reason, once again Christ 
asks Peter, "Lovest thou me?" As one comes to love 
Christ, he is mysteriously equipped with the quality of 
sovereignty and the way to exercise it. 

3. Sacrifice jor the sheep is basic for successful shep- 
herding of the sheep (17). Though there must be sym- 
pathy for the sheep, it falls short of the fundamental 
need. And though there must be sovereignty exercised 
by the shepherd, there can be no real shepherd without 

The command to Peter, "Feed my sheep," emphasizes 
this final and foremost quality in shepherding. Though 
Christ used the word "feed" in verse 15, He emphasized 
"lambs." Though He emphasized the word "feed" in 
verse 16, it was another word. Now He returns to the 
word of verse 15 for the purpose of emphasizing the 
most important aspect of the ministry of a shepherd. It 
is that of feeding the flock, even to the point of sacrifice. 
And "the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" 
(John 10:11). False ecclesiasticism is always devoid of 
true feeding of the flock. 

Again, it is made clear from the text that the channel 
through which one succeeds to the place of the ti'ue 
shepherd is by loving the Good Shepherd. "Lovest thou 
me?" That is the question. If that question can be 
answered in the affirmative, then there is no doubt about 
the ministry of that shepherd. He will be sure to follow 
in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, and feed the 
sheep with the truth even though it may mean loss of 


By Rev. Charles E. Gantt 
Former Pastor of Brethren Church, Covington, Ohio ■ 

I am praising the Lord these days that there is a Grace 
Seminai-y, and I am thanking Him that He brought me 
here. I am also grateful to God for the privilege of say- 
ing a few words to you who read the Brethren Herald. 

The first thing which impressed me here is the way in 
which God's Word is held in reverence among both fac- 
ulty and student body. There is much earnest seeking 
after the true meaning of every part of the Divine Word, 
with comparison of ideas and mutual aid in research. 
To this end the Seminary provides a spacious and com- 
fortable reading room with shelves of books by the most 
capable authors on Scripture exegesis. 

There is manifest a sincere desire to learn on the part 
of all the students, while throughout the whole school 
there is a fine spirit of prayer and a seeking after God's 

This morning I sat in a meeting of the Junior Class, 
which consists of more than 40 young people. With no 
leader save one of their own number, this group took 
over some important business matters, after which, at a 
word from their leader, they arose in a body from their 
seats, about-faced, and dropped to their knees in prayer. 
Now I do not know what effect a sight like that would 
have upon you, but I am not ashamed to teU you that it 
moved me to tears of joy and gratitude to God. 

I could tell you stories of students living by faith and 
of remarkable answers to their prayers that would com- 
pare with many answers recorded in the Bible, but space 
does not permit. There is a fine friendship and love 
among all to a degree which is rarely attained in schools, 
and a genuine concern for one another's welfare. Much 
of this is due to the faithfulness and godliness of the men 
who compose the faculty here. 

There are other men like myself who have served in 
pastorates who have expressed to me a desire to come 
here for a year to take further studies. To you I say, if 
the Lord leads you, do not fail to come, and you will 
be blessed. 


George Bernard Shaw, the gadfly of the modern liter- 
ary world, cannot always be followed, but sometimes he 
speaks with tremendous authority. He is quoted as 

"I am no more a Christian than Pilate was, yet I see 
no way out of the world's misery than that would have 
been found in the will of Christ." 

In that statement, Shaw indicts both himself and the 
professing church. It is the shame of the professing 
church that she has not adopted the will of her Lord as 
the rule of life. We admit that. But one wonders why, 
if Mr. Shaw can see so clearly in the will of Christ the 
remedy for the ills of modern civilization, he does not 
cast in his lot with those who earnestly acknowledge 
the wUl of Christ and strive humbly to fulfill it. 

There are such people. — Alva J. McClain. 

position, power, prominence, and perhaps, as in the case 
of Christ, and many others, life itself. 

Let those who are under-shepherds, or aspire to be 
such, search their own hearts to see whether they pos- 
sess these necessary qualities of sympathy, sovereignty, 

January 28, 1950 


The Second Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., reports a good year in 1949. 
There were 82 additions to the 
church during the year, and 114 de- 
cisions for Christ. The church mem- 
bership increased from 242 to 303. 
Pastor George Peek has been suf- 
fering recently with an infected 

Bro. Irvin W. Masters, 2727 N. 
Myers, Burbank, is the new clerk of 
the Glendale, Calif., church. The 
congi-egation recently decided to se- 
cure a bus for Bible school use. 

Prof. Robert Culver was the 
speaker at the Pittsburgh Bible Con- 
ference, held in the Callender Me- 
morial Church, January 9, 10. 

Mrs. Margaret Wachsmith is the 
new recording secretary of the Yak- 
ima, Wash., church. Her address is 
R. F. D. 3. 

Prayer meeting attendance at the 
Uniontown, Pa., church is averaging 
about 60. An outgrowth of the pas- 
tor's lessons in soul-winning is the 
tract distribution campaign. The 
men of the church have made tract 
racks which are placed in the homes, 
by the front door. Their motto is, 
"A tract to every caller." A Good 
News Club for the children meets in 
the church basement during the 
midweek prayer meeting hour. 

Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum wUl be 
the evangelist at the First Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, beginning February 7. 

A new attendance record of 26 at 


Editor and Business Manager. . . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Washington 20, D. C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S. W.. Roanolie 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R, F. D. 4, Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace F.eminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 


prayer meeting was recently set at 
the church near Lake Odessa, Mich. 
And Pastor John Bums knows his 
people are reading their Bibles this 
year because of the questions they 
are asking about events recorded in 

Rev. Phillip Simmons and Prof. 
Robert Culver, former pastors, were 
the speakers at the 10th anniversary 
services at the Fremont, Ohio, 
church January 8. Eight first-time 
confessions and two rededications 
were recorded that day. 

Prayer meeting attendance reached 
74 at Winchester, Va., recently. 

The building committee at Mar- 
tinshurg, W. Va., has agreed on plans 
and a contractor for their new build- 

The Northern Ohio district assem- 
bled in Mansfield January 23, with 
the district W. M. C, ministers, mis- 
sion board, and laymen holding 
meetings there that day. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt held a one- 
day Bible conference at the church 
in Osceola, Ind., January 22. At- 
tendance at the Sunday evening 
evangelistic services is running 
higher than in the morning. 

Rev. Charles Ashman, Jr., began 
his pastorate at Rittinan, Ohio, Jan- 
uary 22. Rev. Gerald Smelser and 
Brother Karl Garling supplied the 
pulpit the two previous weeks. Rev. 
Lyle Marvin closed his ministry 
there by baptizing eight young 

Pastor William Schaffer has been 
called by the Spokane, Wash., church 
to serve for another year. Rev. R. 
Paul Miller will begin evangelistic 
meetings at the church February 6. 

Rev. Lyle Marvin began his min- 
istry in San Bernardino, Calif., Jan- 
uary 22. The church building has 
been redecorated inside and out and 
the entire property beautified. 

A committee of the California dis- 
trict mission board is working on 
plans for a new church to be erected 
on the Washington Blvd. property, 
south of Whittier. 

Buena Vista, Va., reports a recent 
prayer meeting attendance of 126. 

Bro. Harry J. Bowers, charter 
member of the church in Hagers- 
town, Md., died December 31. 

The California Brethren pastors 
held a two-day prayer and revival 
retreat near Tahquitz Pines Jan- 
uary 9, 10. 

Pastor Earle Peer's record for the 
year at Limestone, Tenn., shows that 
there were 21 decisions for Christ, 

including 14 first-time confessions 
and four for full-time Christian 

Rev. John Aeby wUl be the evan- 
gelist at Leesburg, Ind., February 

Rev. Robert Ashman and famUy, 
of Peru, Ind., were forced out of 
their home for at least two weeks by 
high water from the Wabash River. 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein's annual re- 
port of his Sunday school work in 
the Colorado mountains shows that 
11 new schools were organized, 72 
vacation Bible schools were held 
with an enrollment of 2,005, and 411 
professed conversions were record- 
ed. Brother Eiselstein traveled 23,- 
412 miles and made 1,218 visits in 
homes, besides preaching 187 ser- 

Rev. Luther L. Grubb, as presi- 
dent of the World Missionary Avia- 
tion Council, has outlined a plan by 
which missionaries and other Chris- 
tian travelers may co-ordinate their 
trips to make the fullest use of mis- 
sionary planes. 

The Foreign Mission Board met at 
Winona Lake in a special session 
January 18. 

A barn on the Grace Seminary 
property at Winona Lake, Ind., is 
being fitted up for the local boys 
club, under the supervision of Bro. 
Eugene Burns. Rev. and Mrs. Ed- 
ward Miller were recent speakers 
at the church. Brother Miller will 
be supported by the Winona Lake 

The following sp^kers are sched- 
uled at the Hagerstown, Md., church 
Rev. Elmer Sachs, February 3-5 
Rev. Ralph Colburn, March 2-5 
Rev. Russell Barnard, March 31- 
April 2; Dr. L. S. Bauman, April 3-7. 
The Bible school reached 301 in at- 
tendance recently, and there were 
165 at communion. 

Dr. A. V. Kimmell has resigned as 
pastor of the First Church, Philadel- 
phia, Pa. He has served the church 
there for nearly 20 years. Only 
about $11,000 of indebtedness re- 
mains on their new $100,000 church 
property. Over $20,000 was raised 
for all purposes last year. 

Rev. Fred Fogle received a unani- 
mous call to serve the church in 
Ankenytown, Ohio, for another year, 
with an increase in salary. Rev. Ar- 
nold Kriegbaum will lead the church 
in evangelistic meetings February 
20 to March 5. 

The Central District Youth Rally 
will be at the First Church, Dayton, 
Ohio, February 3, 4. 

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By REV. CARL C. BRYDON, Santa Barbara, Calif. 

Text — Song of Solomon 5:2-6: "I 
sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the 
voice of my beloved that knocketh, 
saying, Open to me, my sister, my 
love, my dove, my undefiled: for my 
head is filled with dew, and my locks 
with the drops of the night. I have 
put off my coat; how shall I put it 
on? I have washed my feet; how 
shaU I defile them? My beloved put 
in his hand by the hole of the door, 
and my bowels were moved for him. 
I rose up to open to my beloved; and 
my hands dropped with myrrh, and 
my fingers with sweet smelling 
myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 
I opened to my beloved; but my be- 
loved had withdrawn himself, and 
was gone: my sovil failed when he 
spake: I sought him, but I could not 
find him; I called him, but he gave 
me no answer." 

The Song of Songs, as the Song of 
Solomon is called in 1:1, has been 
the source of spiritual blessing for 
thousands of God's spiritual saints, 
while the message of the book has 
remained hidden to the unspiritual 
mind. This delightful book gives 
many Old Testament pictures of the 
New Testament Church. 

In a group picture, we always like 
to see how we look. If our picture 
is good, it is a good picture. If we 
consider our likeness poor, it is a 
poor picture, though it is our exact 
image. So it is in the Song of Songs. 
We enjoy seeing ourselves when the 
picture is favorable, but do we like- 
wise see ourselves when that which 
is portrayed is not flattering to self? 

Notice first, an indifferent church 
is a sleeping church. We see in 
verse 2 that the bride, a picture of 
the Church, has retired and is asleep 
when her Beloved, a type of the Lord 
Jesus Christ, knocks at the door. He 
says to her, "Open to me, my sister, 
my love, my dove, my undefiled: for 
my head is filled with dew, and my 
locks with the drops of the night." 
But does the bride open the door? 
Does she respond with a warm heart 
of love to her Beloved who has been 
toiling all night for others? No, she 
does not! Even though He addresses 
her as one of equal rank with Him- 
self, there is no response. 

Oh, what stolid indifference! Oh, 

what lack of love! The same picture 
of lethargy is found in Revelation 
3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and 
knock: if any man hear my voice, 
and open the door, I wUl come in to 
him, and wUl sup with him, and he 
with me." It was whUe the Saviour 
prayed in Gethsemane that the in- 
different disciples slept. 

A sleeping Church is in great 
danger. It was while the men slept, 
in the parable of the Sower, that the 
enemy sowed the tares, a degenerate 
wheat, over the good wheat. Today 
we have an indifferent Church that 
is asleep, and needs to be awak- 

ened! It is asleep to its own needs, 
that of prayer, reading the Word, and 
communion with God! It is asleep 
to the needs of others. Millions are 
spiritually starved, and we have the 
Bread of God! Oh, our daily prayer 
should be, "Awake us, O God, out of 
our spiritual lethargy!" "Now it is 
high time to awake out of sleep" 
(Rom. 13:11). 

But not only is an indifferent 
church a sleeping church, an indif- 
jerent church is a complacent church. 

Complacency is a result of drow- 
siness. When one is asleep in his 
Christian life, he becomes compla- 
cent — satisfied in self. That is the 
position of the bride in our text, for 
she exclaims, "I have put off [liter- 
ally "stripped off"] my coat [i. e., 
the outer garment]; how shall I put 
it on? I have washed my feet; how 
shall I defile them?" Why am I dis- 
turbed, she asks. The feet were 
washed before retiring, for in the 
East they wore only sandals. Thus, 
she resents being awakened. Per- 
haps her trouble was that she washed 
her feet, rather than submit them to 
His hands for cleansing. "If I wash 

thee not, thou hast no part with me" 
(John 13:8). 

Complacency is a result of false 
security. The bride's attitude was, 
"Don't bother me." She expresses 
the attitude of the average Chris- 
tian. "Don't ask me to pray, I am 
too busy." "Don't ask me to visit 
the sick or the unsaved; frankly, I 
am not interested." "I have washed 
my feet; how shall I defile them" — 
with service. 

Also we see that an indifferent 
church is a church out of fellowship 
with Jesus Christ. 

The bride notices that her beloved 
"put his hand by the hole of the 
door," and when he did that her 
heart yearned within her. When 
this was written, the lock was on the 
inside of the door, and the owner of 
the home would reach in through a 
small opening and unlock the door 
from the inside. But this bridegroom 
does not open the door that way. He 
desires his bride to rise and open the 
door for him. She hesitates; he 
leaves; she flies to the door to let 
him in, but her lover is gone, and 
she stands there with sweet-smell- 
ing myrrh falling from her finger- 
tips. Her loved one has left sweet- 
smelling ointments as a token of his 
love. The bridegroom has with- 
drawn his presence, while the bride 
is at ease inside with her hands 
fUled with sweet-smelling myrrh. 
Talk about a bride being left at the 
church! The plight of this bride was 
far worse, for hers is a spiritual mat- 
ter. Oh, what a picture of the 
Church! Her hands fully occupied 
with what is precious, while her feet 
are out of the path of communion 
and fellowship with the Lord Jesus 

Let us lay these lessons to heart 
and profit by them. Let us forsake 
our indifference to Christ, and His 
Church, His Word, His message, His 
plan for our lives, and let us return 
with warm hearts of love to our Be- 
loved, the Lord Jesus Christ. May 
our fellowship with our Beloved be 
as sweet as this bride's was with 
hers, of whom it was said, "Who is 
this that Cometh up from the wilder- 
ness, leaning upon her beloved?" (S. 
of S. 8:5), for our wonderful God 
"hath made us accepted in the be- 
loved" (Eph. 1:6). 

January 28, 1950 




11-27 (Continued). — It was nearly 
noon before our outfits were fully 
ready for the long hike. Nothing 
could be forgotten, because, once the 
journey was started, there could be 
no turning back. Dr. Talbot ex- 
pressed some surprise when Brother 
Mouw brought us our clothes for the 
trip — complete new outfits. The old 
clothes we had been wearing, were 
they not good enough? He only 
laughed, and especially did he ap- 
pear amused when we suggested 
that we would just as soon wear our 
"Hollywood" style shoes instead of 
the rough, heavy boots which he had 
laid out for us to use. 

It was now only a matter of min- 
utes until our party of four, together 
with 10 or 11 Dyaks* with packs on 
their back, took the narrow path 
that plunged immediately into the 
dense tropical forest immediately 
above the houseboat home of Mr. 
and Mrs. Mouw. There is little cer- 
emony in this country, and this is 
certainly true of a jungle path, sel- 
dom more than a foot wide. Where- 
as, a few hours before, while we 
were stUl at the river, the entire 
jungle seemed to form a great wall 
to forbid our entry, it now seemed 
to reach out and seize us to swallow 
us up. The jungle was different 
from our conception. Everywhere, 
the growth of trees was heavy, and 
all were joined together with great 
vines, some of which were as large 
as a man's arm. The path in many 
places was closely padded with great 
ferns as high or higher than our 
heads. Sometimes, instead, the ferns 
would give way to the tough, thick 
grass that abounds in many tropical 
countries. But all of these — the 
trees, the twisted vines, the ferns, 
the grass, and even the moss be- 
neath — all of these seemed to defy 
our entrance into their domain. 

To the uninitiated, such a trip was 
also filled with both wonder and 
hidden dangers. Here abounded all 
kinds of deadly snakes. Some of 

•Webster says that these Dvaks are the 
"wild head-hunting tribes of the interior." 
Some tribes hunt for human heads for the 
salce of glory and hunt down other tribes 
for this purpose. Among other tribes, head- 
hunting is for retaliation upon enemies. The 
Encyclopedla-Britannica furnished us val- 
uable information as to the religion, rites. 
and practices of these strange people. 


these were of tremendous size, such 
as the boa constrictor and the py- 
thon, either of which is capable of 
crushing and swallowing a victim 
the size of a man. Then there were 
little red snakes and others less than 
a foot long, but equally dangerous, 
because they are deadly poisonous. 
There are king cobras in these same 
forests. On the path we once saw 
a crab-like scorpion, large as the 
rim of a teacup, which someone had 
found and killed before we came 
along. Everywhere we stepped at 
first, it seemed as if we could feel 
the presence of these enemies which 
we had heard about. No doubt they 
were all there in that jungle forest, 
but the hand of the Heavenly Father 
was over us and we saw little evi- 
dence of their presence on the entire 
trip. We soon became more confi- 
dent and began to look for the horn- 
bill and other beautifully colored 
birds whose songs often fill the for- 
ests and tangled growth of the jun- 
gle with delightful music. 

The country in this part of Borneo 
is rolling, and we hadn't gone far 
until we realized that we had a new 
enemy fighting us. I refer to the 
roots beneath our feet — roots which 
almost constantly covered our entire 
path with a rough web that makes 
walking indescribably difficult. 
There were big roots, little roots, 
and middle-sized roots, all twisted 
together in a hopeless, shapeless 
mass — kept on the surface of the 
ground by the constant washing of 
the jungle rains. Dr. Talbot won- 
dered how any self-respecting root 
could possibly know its own tree! 

It had rained heavily the night be- 
fore we set out into the jungle — one 
of those rains that contributes three 
or four inches to the annual rainfall 
total of 200 inches in these Borneo 
jungles. As we continued on through 
these swampy sections, sometimes 
we waded water to our knees; at 
other times we were in water to our 
hips; occasionally it was waist high. 
During the rainy season it is not un- 
usual for Brother Mouw to wade 
water to his armpits. At first we 
hesitated to get our feet and cloth- 
ing wet, but in the oppressive, sticky, 
stifling heat of the jungle we found 
it a pleasant relief. 

At one time we came to a stream 

and instead of taking the log bridge 
which the Dyaks had placed across 
the water. Dr. Talbot plunged into 
the cool pool beneath it, clothes and 
all. I followed immediately. After 
that, when we came to such a pool, 
it was almost impossible to keep Dr. 
Talbot from plunging in. Then we 
would press on, and barring the ne- 
cessity of wading water for half an 
hour, our clothing would be nearly 
dry, except for our shirts, which 
were continually wet with perspira- 
tion. Such is travel in the jungle! 

At about mid-afternoon we ar- 
rived at the first native Dyak vil- 
lage, or longhouse, as it is called in 
this part of the world. We walked 
slowly up the notched log that leads 
to the open door of the building, 
high above the ground, and entered. 
This was a Christian village, and 
they were expecting us. We were 
given a royal welcome by the people 
of this Christian community. After 
partaking of the refreshments they 
provided for us, consisting chiefly of 
native tea and rice balls, we resumed 
our journey. I should add here that 
one of the Dyaks climbed up into a 
coconut tree and brought down sev- 
eral large coconuts. He took his 
large knife, cut away the thick outer 
covering, then hacked a hole through 
the shell, and we had as delightful 
and refreshing a drink as any really 
thirsty man was ever given. 

When we arrived at Rasa Terbang, 
the "longhouse" in which we were 
destined to spend our first night in 
the jungle, two of us were weary, I 
can assure you. It was necessary for 
us to greet all the people of this 
Christian village. This consists of 
shaking hands with every man, 
woman and child, and you must not 
forget the babies, whose little hands 
the mothers have taken and extend- 
ed toward yours. It is a bit wearj'- 
ing sometimes, especially when more 
than 500 hands are extended your 
way at the close of a church service 
as you are preparing to leave. But 
when you see the joy that such 
greeting brings to the hearts of these 
Dyak brothers and sisters in Christ, 
whose only way of communicating 
with you is by the touch of a hand- 
shake, you are ashamed that you 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 

(Highlights from an article by Dr. Carl Mclrttyre in "The Sunday School Digest") 

The generation of which you and 
I are a part has known the Sunday 
school. For more than a hundred 
years it has been an integral part, 
and a very important part, of the 
ministry of the Gospel. The Sunday 
school was started to give boys and 
girls instructions in the things of the 
Christian faith. But in the hour in 
which we live, the Sunday school 
seems to be on the decline. It is 
losing pupils. 

Solomon says, "Train up a child 
in the way he should go: and when 
he is old, he will not depart from it." 
Where the chUd is trained, the fruits 
of the training are manifest through- 
out his life. "Thy word have I hid 
in mine heart, that I might not sin 
against thee." Home training, church 
and Sunday-school training, are the 
sources of the religious education 
we receive. 


Here are some of the blessings. 
They are familiar to most of us and 
are matters which are basic to our 
lives. They are fimdamental to our 
relationship to God and to one an- 

1. The Sunday school teaches the 
chUd the Bible. 

2. The Sunday school gives a chUd 
respect for God's day. 

3. The Sunday school gives to the 
boys and girls a real respect and 
reverence for God's house. 

4. The Sunday school is a blessing 
because it brings boys and girls into 
contact with other children from 
Christian homes. 

5. The Sunday school is a blessing 
because it brings boys and girls un- 
der the influence of the testimony of 
Christian adults. 

6. The Sunday school is a blessing 
because it is the gateway to the 


1. The indifference of parents. 

So many parents do not seem to 
care whether their children come to 
Sunday school or not. Any Sunday 
school that is going to be strong must 

be built upon the co-operation, the 
backing, and the sympathetic under- 
standing of the parents. Every par- 
ent entrusted with a precious chUd 
holds in his hands the key to that 
child's life. But what indifference 
has arisen! 

2. The carelessness oj teachers. 
The teacher in the Sunday school 

has a tremendous place of influence. 
He is a living example before the 
child. In the light of that, how care- 
ful and how cautious teachers ought 
to be. So many of them are careless 
about the preparation of the lesson. 
They spend just a few minutes on it. 
They come and give the pupils 
something they themselves have not 
planned. They are careless in their 
care of the class. They do not look 
after the sick ones or send cards. 
They do not look after those who 
through indifference do not come. 

3. Our troubles come today from 
the unwillingness of Christian men 
to give of their tim,e and thought to 
the Sunday school. 

The very finest men that the church 
has should be in the Sunday school. 
That is the place where we should 
have men. The Sunday school re- 
quires substantial, steady, consistent, 
solid giving of time and of life over 
a period of years. It is that type of 
thing that will build a church, that 
will build a community, that wUl 
make Christian homes. So many of 
our good Christian men will not give 
of their time to the Sunday school 
as they ought to do, and consequent- 
ly we suffer. 

4. There is a tendency on the part 
of so many Sunday schools to get 
into a rut. 

The Sunday-school programs are 
the same old thing, like some kind of 
organ grinder grinding out the same 
tunes Sunday after Sunday, week 
after week, day in and day out. That 
tendency needs to be corrected. 
There should be a freshness, a vigor, 
a life, a power felt in the Sunday 


What are we going to do about it? 
Are we going to sit here and say, 

"Well, they are good values and it 
is too bad?" No! 

1. The time has come when every 
Christian in every Christian church 
needs to rise up and say, "I owe the 
coming generation some of my time, 
some of my talent, some of what I 
have. I must take part in the Sun- 
day school. I must go to it. I must 
join some class. I must be a part of 
it, and I must endeavor to help more 
boys and girls to come. 

2. Bring your child to Sunday 
school if you want to lay the foun- 
dation for a happy life with your son 
or daughter later on. Here is our 
basis for this statement: A judge in 
a Brooklyn juvenile court recently 
reports that of 2,000 children who 
were brought before him, only three 
of them were members of a Sunday 
school. Likewise, the warden of a 
large prison reports that the major- 
ity of his prisoners never had reli- 
gious instruction of any sort. 

3. Your child may not want to go 
to Sunday school. Should you force 
him? Well, children seldom want to 
do the things which are best for 
them. Few ever want to wash their 
face, go to school, or even eat spin- 
ach, for that matter. 

ChOdren of the best famUies have 
been known to go wrong, despite 
their home training. Yet inquire 
into the religious training of these 
s'^me children and you will usually 
find that religion never entered in 
their life. 

The Sunday school opens its doors 
to the boys and girls and young peo- 
ple in our community and invites 
them to come in. If we do not go 
out and get them and bring them in, 
we are failing them we are failing 
our generation, we are failing Christ. 

In one of the Radio Kids Bible 
Club programs Susie spoke of the 
evO of cigarettes and liquor. Johnny 
was supposed to say, "That's right, 
Susie; you can teU a Christian by 
the way he smells." But what John- 
ny actually said was, "That's right, 
Susie, you can tell a Christian. By 
the way, he smells." — Bible Club 
News, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

January 28, 1950 




We praise the Lord for the fine 
meeting we were privileged to have 
in Buena Vista, Va., December 17- 
23. The southern hospitality was 
shown to us on every hand during 
our stay. This beautiful little church 
in a typical Virginia town is being 
blessed by the Lord under the min- 
istry of Bro. Galen Lingenfelter. It 
was a joy to work with Brother Lin- 
genfelter and to share with him the 
blessings of spreading the Good 
News in Buena Vista. 

The newly built parsonage was 
having the finishing touches during 
our stay and is pi-obably ready for 
occupancy by this time. This is a 
lovely home and something of which 
to be proud. 

There were many decisions of 
various types, for which we give God 
the glory and honor. However, there 
were two first-time decisions for 
Christ, for which we are especially 
thankful. Both of these souls had 
been a matter of previous prayers. 
Therefore, we can thank God for 
their salvation and for answers to 

These Brethren in Buena Vista 
love the Lord, and though this was 
probably the most busy week of the 
year, they were willing to support 
the meetings with their presence. 

It was a blessing to me to preach 
at this place and to actually have an 
amen corner in the church. 

The Lord blessed and we give 
Him the thanks. — Bill Smith, evan- 


After an unavoidable cancellation 
of a scheduled meeting with Bro. L. 
L. Grubb, Pastor Stanley F. Hauser 
invited us to conduct a meeting in 
the Grafton church. The date agreed 
upon was November 21 to Decem- 
ber 4. We arrived in Grafton in 
time for the first meeting of the cam- 
paign, and from the very beginning 
the Lord rebuked us strongly for our 
lack of faith. Somehow, because of 
the impression we had gathered we 
felt that Grafton, W. Va., was on its 
last leg, but the first night we had 
40 in attendance. The spirit through- 
out the meeting was fine, and many 
of the folk evidenced a real desire 
to see the salvation of souls. There 
were several who were present at 

the pre-prayer service each evening, 
which gave spiritual impetus to the 

For the spiritual result of the 
meetings, we are happy to report 
that three persons accepted the Lord 
Jesus Christ as their personal Sav- 
iour; two others accepted Christ in 
another meeting, which we feel was 
in part the result of our dealing with 
them. There were 11 members of 
the congregation who rededicated 
themselves to the Lord for fuller 
service. In addition to these visible 
results, we noticed a very definite 
manifestation of the work of the 
Holy Spirit in the church. As 
churches sometimes do, Grafton has 
had an unpleasant experience dui-- 
ing the past few years, and is just 
now recovering from the effects of 
this experience. Pastor Hauser gave 
testimony to the noticeable change 
in the attitude of the people in both 
the church and the community. We 
are praying that the church may 
continue to grow spiritually as well 
as numerically. 

This being our first evangelistic 
campaign in the Brethren Church, 
we are happy to have had a small 
part in the spiritual life of this par- 
ticular congregation. We also want 
to express our appreciation for the 
tireless eiTorts of Pastor Hauser, 
who has been laboring under e.x- 
treme difficulty during the past few 
years. We feel confident that the 
Lord will richly reward him for his 
faithful ministry. Men are apt to 
determine a man's faithfulness by 
the size of his congregation, but we 
know the Lord judges rightly in all 
things, and the Grafton church in its 
present state represents more real 
pastoral leadership than many 
churches of larger memberships. 
Brethren, pray for them, and for us. 
— Russell H. Weber, evangelist. 

At the request of the church, the 
pastor opened this campaign for 
souls on Wednesday evening, No- 
vember 17, with much prayer and 
intensive visitation. Then on Mon- 
day evening, November 21, our evan- 
gelist. Rev. Russell Weber, came to 
us. There were a goodly number 
present for the Monday evening 
service in spite of the fact there 
were snow flurries the very first 

From the standpoint of pastor, our 

meetings were very well attended. 
The average attendance the first 
week was 45, for the second week 
it was 64, and the average for both 
weeks was 55. We do praise the 
Lord for this. 

Our evangelist, Brother Weber, is 
a tireless worker, never refusing to 
go anywhere at any time. His mes- 
sages were heart-searching and con- 
victing. The Lord wondrously used 
His servant and his message for the 
strengthening of the believers, and 
brought conviction of sin to the un- 
saved. Our services were attended 
by unsaved almost every night, but, 
how sad, many turned away from the 
Christ who alone is able to save men 
from sin. 

One of the outstanding conver- 
sions during our meetings was a 
popular radio star and entertainer 
by the name of John "Jake" Taylor. 
Even though this man was not con- 
verted in our own meetings, we do 
feel we had a part in his coming to 
Christ. Here is the story: 

John "Jake" Taylor, as he is 
knowm in these parts, plays a guitar 
and sings over Radio Station WPDX, 
Clarksburg, W. Va., and also over 
Station WMMN, Fairmont, W. Va. 
For the past two years he was owner 
of "Radio Ranch," an entertainment 
park just outside of Grafton. 

As pastor here, we visited "Jake" 
and his family quite a bit this past 
year. We talked to him about the 
Lord and his need of a Saviour, and 
the need of Christ in his home. 
"Jake" has a wife and four children, 
three boys and a girl. On Tuesday 
afternoon, November 22, we visited 
the Taylor home to engage "Jake" 
to sing for us on either Saturday or 
Sunday evening. It was then he told 
us he was taking his family to In- 
diana to see his parents, and would 
be away over the Thanksgiving hol- 
iday. "Jake" was under deep con- 
viction and acknowledged his need 
of a Saviour, as also did his wife. 
They wanted a Christian home and 
expressed their desire for one. 

While at his home over the holi- 
days a revival meeting was in prog- 
ress around Terre Haute, Ind., for 
that is where his home was. In this 
particular meeting "Jake" and his 
wife gave their hearts and lives to 
the Lord Jesus Christ. The pastor 
of the church persuaded them to re- 
main over Simday and he would 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

baptize them; then we had to make 
apology for "Jake" Taylor not being 
in our Sunday evening service to 
sing for us. He could not wait until 
the evening to tell us the good news, 
so he came that Monday afternoon 
fUled with the joy of the Lord. That 
night he sang and gave his testi- 
mony. We are praising the Lord 
with him for we believe that "Jake" 
has been gloriously saved. He has 
proved this by getting busy among 
his own friends and immediately he 
brought one of his singers, a young 
lady, who gave her heart to the 
Lord Jesus, and was baptized Sun- 
day evening, the closing night of our 
meetings, with two others. 

There has been great rejoicing 
here in Grafton for what the Lord 
has wrought. There were three 
first-time confessions and 11 re- 
consecrations of life among our own 

We would personally recommend 
our Brother Russell Weber as evan- 
gelist to any congregation. We also 
want to take this opportunity to 
thank the Home Missions CouncO 
and the church at Harrisburg for the 
loan of their pastor and servant of 
the Lord. — Stanley F. Hauser, pas- 


The closing of one's work in a field 
preparatory to taking up another is 
hard. And the loved ones being left 
behind somehow band together to 
make the difficult break even more 
difficult. The engagements that are 
made as a time to discuss a problem, 
or a homey little lunch and then 
turn out to be a grand time of fel- 
lowship with a parting gift, are 
certainly bad for the heart strings. 

Mrs. Marvin, her mother, the boys, 
and myself feel we surely are un- 
worthy of all the tokens and expres- 
sions of love showered upon us. Es- 
pecially do we recall the church 
gathering where we received a 
beautiful set of matched luggage, 
and then the district ministerium, 
where 11 pastors and their families 
remembered us with a gorgeous 
Quaker lace tablecloth. We cannot 
possibly thank each one who has 
mingled his tears with ours in part- 
ing, so we use this mediimi to ex- 
press our heartfelt gratitude for the 
many, many tokens of your love. 
May God bless you and make His 
face to shine upon you. — L. W. Mar- 
vin, Mrs. L. W. Marvin, Lyle, Jr., 
Louis Alan, and Mrs. E. N. Larkey 


(Continued from Page 60) 

even think of any monotony or 
weariness that long periods of hand- 
shaking may bring. 

After formal greetings, we pre- 
pared for our bath in the stream, 
not far from the longhouse, and an 

examination of my feet revealed six 
blisters in addition to a badly of- 
fended heel, which was all blister! 
However, a good cool swim and bath 
combined, fresh clothing and our 
"Hollywood" shoes from our packs, 
together with the new things we 
were to see, helped to revive our 




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Winona Lake, Indiana 

January 28, 1950 


BRETHREn Of Today 

B/OGP'-iP^/c^^ S/<£rc//£s of Oi//i l^'^os^s I 


Although Rev. Russell H. Weber, 
pastor of the Melrose Gardens Breth- 
ren Church in Harrisburg, Pa., united 
with the Mennonite church at the 
age of 13, he says the experience of 
salvation was missing. He was saved 
six years later as a result of the 
faithful witness of a layman who 
used the Word of God to show him 
his need. "All my objections were 
met with plain facts in the Scrip- 
tures," says Brother Weber. And he 
adds, "I had to be saved as a sinner; 
but in addition, I had to be saved 
from a self-righteous, religious atti- 
tude." (Thank God for the layman 
who won a soul — and a preacher! ) 

Russell Weber was born in Har- 
leysvUle, Pa., and he will be 36 years 
old next Monday, January 30. 

After his conversion Brother 
Weber united with the Church of 
the Brethren, where he felt more 
freedom than in the Mennonite 
church. As he was shunned by for- 
mer friends he was led closer to the 
Lord and to the study of His Word 
in a nearby Bible school. While at 
school he was definitely called into 
the ministry. 

He took two years of training in 
the Norristown Bible Institute, and 

a year each in the Messiah Bible 
College and Elizabethtown College. 
Russell Weber's first pastorate was 
at the Second Church of the Breth- 
ren in York, Pa., 1941-43. He served 

he came into the Brethren Church. 
The Waynesboro, Pa., church li- 
censed him a year ago, and he was 
ordained to the Brethren ministry 
Nov. 4, 1949, at Harrisburg, with Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt officiating and Rev. 
C. S. Zimmerman assisting. 

Mrs. Naomi Weber, his wife, is 
from Souderton, Pa. The Webers 
have five children: Janet and Janice, 
13; Nancy, 12; Lawrence, 10; and J. 
Thomas, 4. 

Before entering the ministry Bro. 
Weber was a painter and decorator, 
and a sales manager. He is 5 feet, 9 
inches tall, weighs 198 pounds, and 
has brovm eyes and hair. 

as pastor of the First Church of the 
Brethren in Carlisle, Pa., from 1943 
to 1947. In the latter year he felt 
led to leave that denomination be- 
cause of its modernism and its rela- 
tionship with the Federal Council of 
Churches. About a year after mak- 
ing this decision he was pastor of 
the First Brethren Church in Baden, 
Pa. In May, 1949, he took charge of 
the new Home Mission work in Har- 

Brother Weber was an ordained 
minister in the Church of the Breth- 
ren, but this was relinquished when 


Some time ago the Federal income 
tax collectors were checking up on 
two members of one of our Brethren 
churches, as they are apt to do with 
any of us at any time. One, a user 
of t h e church offering envelopes, 
found it a simple matter to obtain a 
certified statement of the amoimt of 
his gifts to the Lord's work, from 
the financial secretary. The other, 
who did not use church envelopes, 
had no accurate record to offer in 
support of her giving. — South Pasa- 
dena, Calif., h^dletin. 


The 1950 Eerdmans Biennial Fic- 
tion Award contest closes July 31, 
1950. A cash prize of $5,000 is of- 
fered. The winner of the 1948 com- 
petition was "Root Out of Dry 
Ground," by Argye M. Briggs. Ad- 
dress Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing 
Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., for details. 

SAN DIEGO CHURCH GOES AFTER THE CHILDREN— Left, Mrs. Norville J. Rich with the church nurs- 
ery; right, the new coach, with drivers, Larry Wells and Pastor Norville J. Rich. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

January 28, 1950 



FEBRUARY 4, 1950 



Editor, Foreign Mission Number 

"Trying to Wash Away Sins" 

Tragic . . . helpless . . .and hopeless! That's the fate 
of the people in our cover picture, taken at Benares, 
India, during the recent new-moon festival, when thou- 
sands of pUgrims came from every part of India to "wash 
away our sins" in the "sacred" water of the Ganges 

One of the most populous cities in the northwestern 
provinces, Benares is a religious center of Hinduism. 
Here the river forms a sweep of almost four miles in 
length, the city being situated on the outside of the curve 
atop the elevated bank. This forms a natural amphi- 
theater which is thickly dotted with the domes and min- 
arets of scores of temples. 

The bank of the river is entirely lined with stone, and 
there are many fine "ghats," or landing places built by 
pious Hindus. These are crowded with bathers and 

During the festival a few weeks ago, when this picture 
was taken by Dr. Paul Bauman on his visit to India, 
Hindu religious mendicants, with every conceivable self- 
infiicted bodily deformity, lined the streets on every side. 
Rich and poor, the devotees lavish large sums in in- 
discriminate charity, hoping thereby to gain favor for 
themselves in the next world. Their condition is the 
same as that of all heathen, whether in India, Africa, 
South America, or the islands of the sea. The sight of 
them will cause any Christian heart to ache. The only 
opportunity of helping them is through the channels of 
foreign missions — the Gospel of Jesus Christ! 

As one stands watching the hundreds of foot-sore and 
sin-weary pilgrims, the words of the familiar song come 
to mind — 

"What can wash away my sin? 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus; 
What can make me whole again? 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
Oh! precious is the flow 
That makes me white as snow; 
No other fount I know, 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus." 

"Stranger Than Fiction" 

Such is the title of the last book, telling the story of 
the life of a woman who literally, like Enoch of old, 
"walked with God." We honestly doubt if the annals 
of missions records the life of any missionary who had 
a more child-like implicit faith in God than Florence 
Newberry Gribble. No one can read the story of her 
life from her chUdhood on the great plains of Colorado 
and Nebraska to the "bush" in the great heart of Africa, 

without a realization of a God who notes a sparrow's 
fall, and answers the cries of His children. We predict 
for this book a wider sale than Mrs. Gribble's first book, 
"Undaunted Hope," still much in demand, but out of 
print. "Stranger Than Fiction" should be ordered from 
The Brethren MissioTMry Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. 
Price, $2.00. 

Talbot-Bauman Conference With 
General Mac Arthur— 1949 

One of the highlights of the Talbot-Bauman mission- 
ary journey around the world was an hour spent with 
General MacArthur in Japan. The account of this con- 
ference was told by Dr. Talbot, president of the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles, and printed in The King's Bus- 
iness. We are reprinting the account in this issue of 
The Herald by permission. It certainly is refreshing in 
days like these to have a great general and a great 
statesman pay such a tremendous tribute to the dear old 
Book — the Bible. There is no doubt but that in the 
mind of General MacArthur, the only hope for Japan — 
yes, the only hope for the world — is to get back to the 
Bible, and walk in its light. Moreover, General Mac- 
Arthur also pays a tremendous tribute to the value of 
the Christian missionary whose business it is to carry 
the Gospel of the old Book to the nations of the earth. 
Apparently it is the biggest business, even if the most 
underpaid business, in which any man can engage. If 
the general is right — ajid he is — then the strong support 
of genuinely Christian missions is the foremost business 
of every person claiming to be a Christian. Did we say 
that Christian missions is an "underpaid business"? 
Forgive me! There is no business on this earth that can 
return to those who engage in it more satisfying results, 
and assure them of the rewards that are eternal. Jesus 
Christ — God manifest in the flesh — chose to be a rnis- 

Bauman Conference With General MacArthur — 1917 

It was in the first World War, and as nearly as your 
editor can recall, in the year 1917. A young Danish 
Christian, a member of my church in Long Beach, Calif., 
was drafted into the army. When he presented himself 
to the military authorities, he was given a gun, which 
he refused to carry. He was born in Denmark, and had 
never mastered the English language any too well. He 
tried to explain to the military officers that as a Chris- 
tian he could not carry arms to destroy life — that he was 
a disciple of Christ, who said, "The Son of man is not 
come to destroy men's lives, but to save them" (Luke 
9:56). The result was that he was cast into prison at 
Fort McArthur at San Pedro, Calif. 

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When it was reported to me that Niels Jensen was in 
prison for standing up to his conscientious beliefs in the 
very things that I, as a true Brethren minister, had 
taught him, I immediately went over to Fort McArthur, 
and asked to see the commanding officer. I was ushered 
into the presence of General Mac Arthur (father of Gen. 
Douglas MacArthur). 

I told him that I understood that a young man by the 
name of Niels Jensen was in prison in the fort because 
of his convictions on the subject of carnal warfare, and 
that if that was so, I felt a sense of responsibility in the 
matter inasmuch as he was following what I had taught 
him to be the Word of God, and that, according to the 
Scripture, "We ought to obey God rather than men" 
(Acts 5:29). General MacArthur then asked me what 
the Brethren Church believed the Scriptures to teach. 
In reply, I explained briefly, but rather thoroughly, just 
what we believed — that, on the basis of Romans 13, we 
could not and did not pass judgment upon an unregen- 
erate nation — a nation which could be an instrument in 
the hands of God — a "minister of God, a revenger to 
execute wrath upon him that doeth evU" — that the un- 
regenerate king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, was such 
a minister (see Jer. 25:9). 

I reminded him that Niels Jensen, as a born-again 
child of God, used weapons of a different kind in his 
life's work, for it is written, "The weapons of our war- 
fare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pull- 
ing down of strong holds" (II Cor. 10:4). I called his 
attention to the words of Christ spoken to PUate, "My 
kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this 
world, then would my servants fight" (John 18:36). I 
said, "General, if Niels Jensen is 'in Christ,' as he must 
be if he is a Christian, then his kingdom is not of this 
world, and he is right in refusing to fight. This young 
man is a fine Christian lad. He appreciates the liberty 
he enjoys under the American flag. He wUl serve his 
country in any way he can in this time of trouble, unless 
his country requires him to violate his conviction of duty 
to God as revealed in this Bible. He will wash dishes, 
cook, scrub floors, chop wood, black boots, and he wUl 
minister to the wounded, and bury the dead, but he wUl 
not kill his fellow men. If his fellow men need to be 
killed, God wUl use unregenerate men — and there are 
plenty of them — to do the killing. 'To every man his 
work.' Niels Jensen, as a child of God, honestly believes 
that it is his business to save men, not to destroy them. 
Therefore, he cannot do otherwise." 

After this brief sermon. General MacArthur said, "Dr. 
Bauman, all I can say is, that no young man under my 
command, who loves his Bible and believes as you say 
this man does, wUl be compelled to violate his conviction 
of duty to God. Niels Jensen will be released from 
prison, and given a chance to serve his country along 
noncombatant lines. Moreover, I have to say that, when 
this miserable war is over, this country is going to need 
men of your type — men of peace and not of war." 

Thereupon we shook hands, and my conference with 
General MacArthur came to its end! 

Scriptural Grounds for Divorce 

Your F. M. S. editor has long labored under the opin- 
ion that fornication or adultery is the only possible 
ground for a Scriptural divorce. He had to change his 
opinion after reading a recent news item. A nine-year- 
old California boy dropped in on Reno, Nevada, not long 
ago. He was traveling alone. When the police took him 
in tow, he insisted that his purpose in being in town 

was perfectly legitimate. He wanted to get a divorce — 
from his parents! Not knowing all the circumstances 
surrounding this particular case, we shall not say the 
lad was entitled to the divorce he sought, but we will 
say that there are tens of thousands of boys and girls 
in this country who would be a thousand times better 
off than they are if they could secure a divorce from 
their parents. We have known of more than one in- 
stance in our many years in city pastorates, where 
we know that a just God would certainly approve such 
a divorce. It is certainly true that the Scriptures 
strongly demand that children should obey their par- 
ents. It is just as certainly true that all of us, even 
children, "ought to obey God rather than man" (Acts 
5:29). Be not deceived; it is a parental problem rather 
than a youth problem that is America's problem No. 1. 

Soft-hearted, namby-pamby parents who think it is 
barbaric to lay the rod of correction upon a chUd, need 
to be reminded once in a while that Almighty God 
knows more about raising a child than they do, and that 
God has spoken in this matter. Hear it: "Foolishness is 
bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction 
shaU drive it far from him" (Prov. 22:15); "Withhold not 
correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with 
the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the 
rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell" (Prov. 23:13, 
14) ; "A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a 
rod for the fool's back" (Prov. 26:3); and, for such par- 
ents who foolishly believe it is love that spares the rod, 
to them God has again spoken: "He that spareth his rod 
hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him 
betimes" (Prov. 13:24). 

Your editor had an old-fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch 
mother. She used to say as she pulled the branch from 
off the old apple tree: "Son, this is going to hurt me 
more than it hurts you!" I never accused my mother of 
lying, but I used to ponder the truth of that statement. 
Today I understand! My only regret now is that she had 
to hurt herself more than me so often. But as far as my 
own physical organism is concerned, in the light of 
youthful trends today, I now thank God for every cor- 
rective dose it ever got! 

C<Mx>ti Mail 3o4c 

Johanna Nielsen, on her Christmas card to the Editor, 
says: "May you have a blessed Christmastide, and rich 
blessings in the New Year. I can imagine how thrilled 
you are about the recent news from Jerusalem. The 
stage is being set — and no doubt God wUl soon "put on 
the act." We are thrilled with things here in Argentina: 
fine D.V.B.S. in various places, the third tent campaign 
now in progress, the arrival of the Sickel-ChurchUl 
group (Jack is already busy with five lessons a week in 
Spanish) . 

"We have started a fund for national support for na- 
tional workers and it is creating interest everywhere, I 
think. The second story of the garage has been going up 
and is about ready for the roof. That wUl be the boys' 
dormitory for the Institute. By the vv^ay, 11 of our 12 
students are actively engaged in the work this summer. 
Isn't that grand?" 

February 4, 1950 


Let's Ask the Lord! 

By the General Secretary, Russell D. Barnard 

Howard Taylor tells of an incident in the life of his 
father. Dr. Judson Taylor. In the early days of the 
mission in China the workers agreed that 100 additional 
missionaries were needed, and that they should ask the 
Lord for them. But someone, whose faith was not so 
great, suggested to Dr. Taylor that if that many should 
offer themselves there would be insufficient funds to 
send them out. With a sweet and happy composure. Dr. 
Taylor answered, "I suppose our heavenly Father can 
calculate that as well as we can. Let's ask Him about 
it, and let us ask that He will give us an additional 
$50,000 to meet the need." 

Another with little faith said, "But if $50,000 comes, it 
will probably come through 10,000 letters, and then wo 
will have to hire many more people to care for the office 
work at home." Dr. Taylor suggested a threefold plan 
of intercession: first, for 100 workers: second, for 50,000 
additional dollars: and third, that the additional dollars 
should come in large amounts so that the office work 
would not be so great. Dr. Taylor then visited England, 
Scotland, and Ireland, telling of the need and pleading 
for recruits. Applications were received from 600 men 
and women willing to go to China. The number finally 
dwindled to 102 who were approved for the field. $55,000 
extra was given, and this entire additional amount was 
in 11 different gifts. He asked the Lord about it, and 
then trusted Him to answer! 

We ai-e facing real challenges in the Brethren Church 
and in our foreign mission program. Last year our 
expenses exceeded our income by $17,000, but we believe 
that the Lord has led us to send out 13 new missionaries 
this year. This is a "faith" venture! We certainly can 
not meet the challenges of this venture with an offering 
less than $150,000. Many more missionary recruits are 
needed year after year, and more thousands of dollars 
are needed to care for them. We shall not ask the Lord 
for large gifts only; we will thank Him for gifts, large 
or small. Let's ask the Lord for sujficient workers and 
for sujficient funds to support them — just as many as the 
Lord would have us send to the uttermost parts of the 


Do you know all 60 of your missionaries when you see 
them? Individual pictures of our missionaries is the 
special feature in our Easter Foreign Missionary pub- 
licity this year. But in most cases pictures are not 
grouped according to families. Can you identify each 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 

An Evaluation of Christian Missions 


(Reprinted by Permission jrom "King's Business") 


In my current trip around the world in the interest of 
foreign missions, a real highlight has been my audience 
with the distinguished and beloved Supreme Com- 
mander of the Allied Forces in Japan, Gen. Douglas 

This honor which I had coveted since the close of 
World War II took place at 6:30 p. m. on September 23rd. 
Dr. Bauman and I had been allotted 20 minutes for this 
important interview and we determined to make the 
most of it. If we had any misgivings about meeting this 
imposing military leader, they were dispelled as soon as 
we were ushered into his presence. Although he is just 
as impressive a personality as the American press had 
led us to expect, he put us at ease at once with the gra- 
cious words, "Welcome to Japan! Come over and sit on 
the davenport, and we'U have a talk about the Japanese 
problem." We began to converse as if we had been 
friends for years. 

The general's direct question, "What brings you to 
Japan?" opened the way for us to tell him about our 
schools. I described the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 
with its 1,000 students in training for Christian service. 
His eyes kindled when I stated that 20 of our graduates 
were laboring as missionaries in Japan, and hundreds 
more all over the world. He was greatly interested to 
learn that the board of directors of our schools had com- 
missioned us to visit these mission fields to photograph 
our gi-aduates in action, and to acquaint ourselves at first 
hand with the needs of these lands in order that we 
might better equip our students to serve the people. I 
explained further that the films would be used to chal- 
lenge others to join forces with them for the evangeliza- 
tion of the foreign fields. Then I asked General Mac- 
Arthur, "What is the very best equipment we can give 
our students to fit them for service in Japan?" 

To this he replied that it was his conviction that the 
only permanent solution for Japan's problem was to put 
the Bible in the hands of the people. In order to accom- 
plish this, he has called for 3,000 missionaries and for 
10,000,000 Bibles for Japan within the next three years. 
Later he will ask for 8,000,000 more copies of God's 
Word, or a total of 18,000,000. Never in the history of 
any land has a topflight general, or any military power, 
ever made such an astounding request! 

I was deeply impressed with the general's unequivocal 
declaration that he believed the Bible to be the Word of 
God, the foundation of all lasting government. He said 
that after the Scriptures were placed in the hands of the 
Japanese, it would then be "up to the Bible to demon- 
strate itself." He added, "It is my firm conviction that 
there is power in that Book, for it has never failed." 
Then he became very grave indeed and he spoke with 
deep emotion, "Now is the time to strike. The Church 
has the greatest opportunity in her career right here in 
Japan, and if she fails to rise to it, history wUl write it 


down as the greatest tragedy since the beginning of the 
Christian era. God will hold us responsible." 

Dr. Bauman and I both felt that General MacArthur 
was expressing convictions he felt very keenly, but at 
the same time we sensed deep disappointment and dis- 
coui-agement because the Church's response to this 
wide-open invitation for Bible distribution and evange- 
lization had not come up to his expectations. We told 
him about our Bible institute in China and asked his 
opinion of the future of that war-torn land, but his only 
response was, "Japan is the land of opportunity today. 
Send your graduates out here." 

As we were leaving, I said, "General, when you return 
to the United States, the people will give you a great 
welcome home." He replied seriously, "I have a job to 
do and I must complete it first. I long to see the home- 
land again. My 11 -year-old son has never seen his 
country, and it is hard, but the job is yet unfinished." 
What a lesson to ministers and missionaries! We as- 
sured the general of our prayers and co-operation, and 
promised to convey his challenge to the Christian youth 
of America, and to urge them to have a share in enabling 
him to realize his dream for Japan. We shook hands 
heartily, and with a parting "God bless you," we went on 
our way. As we were escorted down the elevator by 

February 4, 1950 


a lieutenant-colonel, we looked at our watches in aston- 
ishment. It was 7:30; we had been with the general a 
full hour! Surely he is one of the greatest men of our 
nation, and I wish there were more like him! 

The very next day we had a fine talk with Lieut.-Col. 
John W. Stewart, judge of the provost court, who, al- 
though he did not know of our visit with General Mac- 
Arthur, expressed the same views with regard to Bible 
dissemination. He asked me to recommend a course of 
Bible study which could be translated into Japanese and 
distributed among the university students. I assured 
him the Bible Institute would place such a course In his 
hands. Through his influence, Rev. Timothy Pietsch, 
one of our graduates, will be permitted to place a New 
Testament in the hands of every policeman in the city 
of Tokyo. 

The 10 days spent in Japan have been filled to the brim 
with unforgettable experiences. We have visited temples 
and shrines, witnessed heartbreaking sights, and heard 
stories of untold woe. On every hand we have been ap- 
palled by the bewildered spiritual and economic condi- 
tion of the people. The brightest spot has been the 
fellowship with the brave missionaries, including many 
of our own graduates, who have the real key to the situ- 
ation. Wherever we have preached — to university stu- 
dents, to peasants, to prisoners — hearts have been open 
to the Gospel. So, although the need is overwhelming, 
the Spirit of God is working, and something is being 
done to dispel the darkness. 

The church of God must not pass up this unprece- 
dented opportunity to give the Word of God to a new 
Macedonia which is stretching forth her hands for the 
Gospel. If we do not faU in this task, it may be in deed 
and in truth that a "nation wUl be born in a day." 


A new father looking at the babies through the glass 
of the hospital nursery noticed that every baby was cry- 
ing. "What's the matter?" he asked the nurse. "If you 
were only a few days old and owed the government 
$2,050, you'd cry too," she replied. 

Our huge national debt has a mortgage on each Amer- 
ican, young or old. The new-born Christian also starts 
his spiritual life with a debt — but NOT the debt of sin. 
"Calvary covers it all"; every sin was paid for by the 
shed blood of our Redeemer. The debt each Christian 
is saddled with is expressed in the words of Paul: "I am 
debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians . . . So, 
as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel 
. . ." (Rom. 1:14, 15). Every saved person is under obli- 
gation to preach the Gospel "as much as in him is" to the 
unsaved, especially the millions who have not yet heard 
it. What are you doing to fulfill your obligation — pay 
your debt — to the unsaved? Oh yes; each Christian has 
another debt: it is to "love one another" (Rom. 13:8). — 
Christian Victory. 


A missionary was asked if he persuaded the natives to 
give up cannibalism. "No," he replied, "but I did per- 
suade them to start using knives and forks." Isn't that 
a perfect example of the ethical results of modernistic 
preaching? The careless sinner is changed to a religious 
sinner, but his heart is unchanged. Read Jeremiah 17:9. 


By Miss Ruth Snyder 
Bellevue par Bossongoa, par Bangui, F. E. A. 

Graduation day had been keenly anticipated. Why 
was it postponed so long? Had the students not "heard" 
that school would be out the last of November? But 
alas, now all was changed— graduation day was set for 
the second of December. Those two extra days were 
enough to cause one to die of hunger. The last week 
of November seemed very long, but at last it passed and 
those two fatal days were upon the students. No, one 
does not starve in two days, so all were able to attend 
the festivity of the closing days. 

The last classes were rather solemn. For the students 
who would be returning next year, the Lord willing, 
there was not much emotion. However, those who 
would be graduating found that commencement was 
not all joy. 

Two years ago they had come to school as new stu- 
dents. Their villages were far apart, their tribes were 
different, for most of them the Bible school was located 
in a foreign land. At first it was hard untU those awk- 
ward days of adjustment were over. When the pressure 
of study settled upon them, they knew they were really 
students at the Bible School. Now all is over and as 
they realize that they are parting, perhaps never to see 
their classmates again untU they all meet in glory, their 
hearts were touched. Who does not remember his own 
feelings at such hours? These students in the heart of 
Africa are like others the world over. 

Now they solemnly promised their teachers to re- 
member the counsel they had been given from God's 
Word. They had their hearts set on higher things truly 
as they considered what the Lord had done for them 
during the past two years. 

"Just one more night in the Bible School village! Let 
us make a night of it, friends!" None of us know that 
those words were actually spoken, but all who tried to 
sleep at Bellevue that night knew that such was the 
feeling among the students. What a night they made! 
Laughing, singing, talking, blowing whistles untU the 
wee small hours were passed, and the sun came up. Why 
they should get quiet after sunrise is a mystery, unless 
they all went to the river to bathe in preparation for 

This year, the speaker for the sei-vices was Mr. Hill. 
As each student sat before him with their every nerve 
strained to catch each word, we saw again the high pur- 
pose written on their faces. Their hearts were glowing 
with eagerness to go out and do battle for the Lord. 

As we looked at them thus, all the trials of teaching 
(they are as many in Africa as elsewhere) seemed to 
pass away. Joy was ours as we realized that here were 
16 more armed soldiers to send forth into the battle. We 
thought of the trials that awaited them as they stepped 
out for the Lord. How we would like to go with each 
one to help him in the hard places! We cannot do that, 
but we can do something better for them. We can com- 
mit them into the hands of One who is able to keep them 
from falling. 

Brethren, pray for these graduates of the Bible School, 
that as the great vision and inspiration of graduation 
begins to dim they may find the Lord very precious. 
May the fellowship with Him be sweeter than that of 
the Bible School could ever be. Pray that if the Lord 
tarries, these graduates of our African Bible School 
may give much faithful service for Him. 


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Answering the Macedonian Call 

The Sheldons in their hanana garden at Bellevue. 


On board "S. S. Bilma," 

November 23, 1949. 
Going to Africa isn't a new experience for us, as we 
made our first trip some twenty-five years or more ago. 
This is tiie fiftli time we have had to say goodbye to 
loved ones and homeland. One would naturally sup- 
pose that it would become easier with each trip. True 
enough, one has fewer intimate friends, and, with 
parents gone, the sting of separation is not so keen as 
in earlier departures. But when one goes away leaving 
children, and especially those who are still young, the 
departure is difficult. With missionaries, living in 
unfavorable climates, one's family goes away so soon. 
Nevertheless we have the same longing to hold on to 
them that other folks have. We hope you will pray 
for our missionary children who are separated from 
their parents. 

This is a French ship; that gives us practice in 
talking the French language. There are a number of 
improvements over the older freighters on which we 
have previously traveled. 

Day before yesterday, being Carolyn's birthday, the 
waiter came forward with a beautiful cake, artistically 
decorated with the name "Carolyn" written on it. 
Even the French captain joined in singing "Happy 
Birthday." We appreciated the desire to please, even 
if we didn't like the rum flavor! 

Our only other passengers are a counle going out to 
take African pictures and study primitive life. Some 
of their South American pictures have appeared in 

As we go forth to begin another term of service, we 
ask you to prav for us that our lives might be pleasing 
and fruitful. It may be our last opportunity to tell of 
the Saviour's love as "the night cometh, when no man 
can work." It Is "not bv might, nor by power, but by 
my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 4:6). 

February 4, 1950 

Rev. and Mrs. Jack Churchill, hrM. i\i i kchi, ';)'d Mrs. 
Clarence Sickel leaving New York City on Nov. 5. 


We have been traveling southward now for eight 
days. Eight more days lie ahead of us before we set 
foot on Argentine soil. Already we have been made 
very conscious of the fact that we have left the United 
States, for there are many of our fellow-passengers 
who are citizens of these South American countries, 
and tonight, from the deck where we are sitting, we 
can see the lights on the coast of Brazil. Seeing them 
makes us think of the Altigs who are there in that land 
now — as lights for Him in the darkness. 

After the rush of the last week in New York, where 
we ran into difficulties with the Argentine customs 
regulations concerning much of our outfit, and finally 
had to leave all new items there with the hope of get- 
ting them into the country later, we have enjoyed the 
care-free days aboard the "S. S. Uruguay.".. We have 
begun to realize that many of the things of the United 
States will simply fade away and be gone again until 
we return. Other things will suddenly become dearer 
and important to us — such things as family, friends, 
the opening of new churches, the growth of estab- 
lished ones, the progress of the Seminary program, the 
interest of folks at home in the foreign fields, espe- 
cially as it is shown in informed and regular prayer. 
In the Lord, such things can be used as encouragement 
and nourishment to our faith and work for Him in 

We are eagerly looking forward to the days ahead, 
praying that we may become quickly adapted to the 
new surroundings that you, the members of the Breth- 
ren churches who have sent us, may soon be able to 
rejoice in the news of men and women won to Christ, 
and that above all our Lord Himself may be pleased 
and glorified in our labor for Him. — Jack Churchill. 

It hardly seems possible that we are actually on our 
way to His chosen place of service for us. We do praise 




(Note: Dr. Floyd W. Taber has written home to his daughter. 
Marguerite, some interesting things about the importance of med- 
ical work in connection with the African mothers and their babies. 
Any would-be missionaries thinking of worliing for the salvation of 
souls in Africa will do well to take note of what he has to say. and 
give the care of infants a real place in their preparation for service. 
Dr. Tal>er sent us a copy of this letter with the privilege of printing 
for our readers, in part. — L. S. B.) 

In April I examined the twin girls belonging to Albert 
Bedo, the catechist, who is head of the most successful 
work in the district, in Bedam canton. These twin 
babies, six months old, were nothing but skin and bones; 
both had enlarged livers, heart lesions, bronchitis, and 
urinary schistosoma; and one, in addition, had dysentery 
and only 40% hemoglobin. I thought it my duty to tell 
the parents that there was nothing I could do to save the 
babies — that they certainly could not stand the intra- 
venous treatment for schistosoma, for one thing. Then 
I went away and forgot about it. 

The next time they had a meeting of the women, the 
mother told them about it, and then she told the Lord 
about it — that she couldn't do anything, and the doctor 
couldn't do anything, to save the babies; and that they 
were the Lord's to do with as He pleased. But the Lord 
didn't forget. The idea kept working in my mind that 
we must find some way to do something for the babies 
with schistosoma. I knew anthiomaline could be given 
in the buttocks, but it is so expensive that I had never 
thought I could use it in native work. Then it occurred 
to me that the doses for babies would be so small that 
we could treat several babies for the cost of one adult 
series, and I got extravagant with the Lord's money. 

The result is that the twins have completed their 
treatment, and are beginning to get almost plump, and 
along with them are 15 other babies. By the way, this 
mother is the one I considered to be dying a number of 
years ago, and after doing everything I knew how, I told 
the natives there was no human hope, and went back 
into the house; but they did not give up praying, and 
after several hours she came to, and a few days later 
walked 16 miles home. 

Family after farmly has had four, six, and eight babies, 
and have only one or two living, and some don't even 
have one left. You know how anxious natives are for 

children. Everybody feels that a woman is no good at 
all unless she gives her husband children. Anybody 
that will pay attention to their children will have a 
wide-open door into the hearts of these people. If one 
does more than take an interest— if one saves their lives 

Him for the way He very evidently has gone before, 
preparing us for each new step. As we anticipate 
serving Him soon in Argentina, we are so conscious of 
our own inability to give forth a consistent radiant 
witness. We're more grateful than ever before that we 
can lean wholly on the Lord for wisdom in facing new 
problems, for strength to carry on new and heavier 
tasks, for joy in His work despite hardships and dis- 
couragements. As the last gangplank was drawn away 
from our ship in New York, and we moved gradually 
away and saw familiar faces grow dim and the shores 
of our dear land fade away, the greatness of the new 
step seemed almost too much. How thankful we are 
that we can count on the prayerful support of you in 
the land we have left. We need your daily remem- 
brance of us before His throne so much. We want our 
time in Argentina to be well spent for Him, and we 
will be looking forward to the time when we will be 
able to share the experiences He gives us with you. — 
Miriam Churchill. 


(Mrs. Johson with wife of Bingui, one of James Gfrib- 
hle's forvier workmen.) 

— then you have enough of an opening wedge to under- 
mine the stone wall against which we are constantly 
bumping our heads, trying to get them to change their 
habits. When I tell them they have to boU their water 
in order to avoid schistosoma, it is too much bother. 
When I tell them that soy beans can partly take the 
place of meat in their diet, it is too much of an innova- 
tion. But if I can really get them to believe that a few 
simple rules of hygiene will save the lives of their chil- 
dren, then I will have gone a long way toward moving 
the immovable object. 

The most effective work in saving the lives of babies 
has to be done before they are born; afterwards it is 
often too late. So, one has to be a specialist in the dis- 
eases of mothers, too — the diseases that kill their babies, 
and the diseases that keep them from having babies — 
and, what is more important, how to avoid them. This 
job of "getting next" to the mothers, of learning to un- 
derstand their foolish quirks and notions, and of getting 
their confidence, is one for which a woman doctor is 
much better fitted than a man doctor. 

While one is caring for the bodies of their babies, the 
doctor will be opening the door to teach them how to 
bring up their children in the fear and the admonition of 
the Lord in a Christian home. We have succeeded in 
teaching our native leaders a lot in some directions, but 
it seems we have failed almost 100% in teaching them 
how the Lord transforms a home, and the right place to 
begin that job is with the wives and mothers. 


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Reporting a Workers' Conference at Gouze 

By DR. ORVILLE D. JOBSON, Superintendent of Oubangui-Chari Mission, French Equatorial Africa 

The Tali section of the Bozoum-Bassai district has had 
another very profitable workers' conference. These 
conferences, held twice a year, are really workers' train- 
ing courses, consisting of daily classes from 7 to 11 in 
the morning, and from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. Courses 
of two weeks' length net the men 60 hours of class work 
including the examinations. This is sufficient time to 
teach any one of the major doctrines, or any of the New 
Testament books. In this manner we can give a well- 
rounded Bible education to the leaders, and prepare 
them for further training in the Central Bible School. 

This year we had definitely planned to have four 
weeks of class instead of two, at the close of the rainy 
season. However, the rains were late this year, and the 
plantation work was not completed when we met for 
class. They were unable to take four consecutive weeks 
of work. Mainy of them left the peanuts in the ground, 
unharvested. Their cornfields had not been weeded. 
However, we did put in the usual two weeks, and seemed 
especially blessed because of the efforts put forth to 
carry out at least a part of the plan, in spite of the 
late season. 

The subject this year was the doctrine of the blessed 
Holy Spirit of God. Heart preparation was given special 
attention at the devotional periods during the first 30 
minutes of each day. This was a time of real heart- 
searching, and several of the men testified of the rich 
blessings received during these periods. 

The teaching periods were given over to the person- 
ality and deity of the Third Person of the Trinity, and 
His ministry from creation, through the Old Testament, 
surrounding the person of our Lord, and into the New 
Testament, covering His work in the believer and in 
the Church. 

Twelve brief examinations, corresponding to the major 
divisions of the teaching, were given, and the average 
grade of the group was 76. There were 75 men enrolled. 
Others came for teaching on their own. . Of those en- 
rolled there were six of the seven communion center 
leaders present, and the others were village prayer lead- 
ers. Most of these men read well, and are able to take 
true and false as well as matching tests. Fifty of them 
are able to take examinations requiring a line or phrase 
to constitute an answer. Two of the workers are grad- 
uates of the Central Bible School. 

In addition to the regular half-hour devotional period 
and the six hours of teaching, we spent an hour each 
day, during the noon rest period, discussing with the 
communion leaders points they brought out concerning 
special problems and needs. At this period we distrib- 
uted the necessary materials for the work, to be sold to 
the 700 members and 950 converts. The following were 
distributed among the seven communion centers: 

French Bibles and New Testaments, 18; Sango New 
Testaments, 125; Membership Cards for 1950, 750; Fh-st 
Sango Readers, 200; pencils, 125; Gospel of John, Sango, 
150; song books, Sango, 240; converts cards, 1950, 1,275; 
notebooks, 170; slates, 42. 

The Mission ordered a few fountain pens to be sold to 
these leaders for their writing duties, such as filling out 
the membership and converts cards. We had these 

along with us, but rather than sell them, Mrs. Jobson 
and I struck on a more profitable plan. We asked each 
of these communion leaders to copy one or more of the 
New Testament books, averaging at least six or eight 
chapters, and then we gave them the pens from our 
tithe. It seemed like a big task to them at first. One of 
these men had prayed at the beginning of the confer- 
ence: "Lord, our hands are stiff from the use of the hoe. 
Soften them now for this pencil work." We reminded 
him that this was the Lord's answer to his prayer. They 
accepted the challenge, and each one did his required 

One, however, outdid them aU, and he is a leper. It 
was Job (did God foresee and lead to the choice of this 
name while he was still young and whole?) who devel- 
oped leprosy about two years ago while still the leader 
of the whole Tali section. He is still the spiritual leader! 

The Leprous Native Pastor at Gouze 

Paul Soundou has been chosen, however, as the recog- 
nized leader to care for the ministerial duties of baptism 
and communion. Job presented his copy book with the 
entire Epistle to the Romans, written out in longhand. 
With the two smaller fingers on the right hand being 
eaten away with the dread disease, he slowly, deliber- 
ately, and very legibly wrote out the immortal 16 chap- 
ters of the "Cathedral of the Christian Faith." He had 
heard in last year's course on the epistle, how Melanch- 
thon, "in order to make it more perfectly his own, copied 
it twice with his own hand." 

With the late season we wondered how many of the 
men's wives might attend, for the great majority of them 
are married. We were agreeably surprised to have 50 
of them present at most of the classes. Those who were 

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February 4, 1950 



By REV. J. KEITH ALTIG, Belem, Para, Brazil 


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"In joumeyings often, in perUs of waters, in perils of 
robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by 
the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilder- 
ness, in perils in the sea, in perUs among false brethren" 
(II Cor. 11:26). 

I want to avoid giving the impression that the experi- 
ences which were mine on a recent trip up the Tocan- 

tines River in Brazil were in any ^ _ 

way comparable to the suffei'ings ; j^MiMni^ 
and hardships experienced by the • - - ^^ 

Apostle Paul in h i s missionary 
journeys. Some of these experi- 
ences are faintly suggestive of 
that which was experienced by 
Paul, it is true, but my purpose in 
citing the above verse of Scrip- 
ture was simply to get the title of 
this article before us in its Scrip- 
tural setting. 

There is always danger and 
peril in traveling on the water. Personally, it is "the 
least way I like to go anywhere." The discomforts, an- 
noyances, inconveniences, and dangers of water travel 
put it at the bottom of the list as far as I am concerned. 
But in this country one either travels by water, or he 
doesn't travel much. 

During the months of August, September, and Octo- 
ber the river is at its lowest ebb. This is the dry season 
and the rivers are down. However, the small but pow- 
erful freight boats still ply the riverways, carrying cargo 
and passengers to and fro. Because of the low water, 
the rapids and bad places in the rivers are especially 
dangerous. Near the mouth of the Amazon, and for 
most of its length, there is never any danger for boats 
like those mentioned. It is as one ascends the tribu- 
taries that the dangers and peril arise. 

The perils of the water consist of many things. One 
of them is the boats on which it is necessary to travel. 
These are built to carry cargo, and the safety and com- 
fort of passengers is never considered. There are no 
lifeboats. On many of them there is not one single piece 
of life-saving equipment in evidence. The cabin, pilot- 
house, and engine room rise above the deck, and the 
only way to get from one end to the other is to walk 
along the edge on a little shelf about a foot wide, some- 
times completely awash with a boiling torrent of water. 
There are no special places to hold on to — just the win- 
dows and other openings in the wall of the cabin. 

Because of the low water the channel is especially 
dangerous. The pilots have to be expert in knowing the 
rocks, currents, whirlpools, etc., and it is a real pleasure 
to see them work. As the water comes pouring between 
the rocks, the pilot must know just how far to the side 
he can go and still keep the boat from piling up on the 
rocks. On one occasion the boat was actually being 
carried backward by the fierce power of the river. The 
only way to make progi-ess forward was to cut across the 
current, and in trying to do this the pilot turned a little 
too far. The boat gave a sickening lurch far over to one 
side, almost capsizing. We didn't quite go over, but 
there were a number of frightened people on that little 

The expression "boiling" is an apt one to use in de- 
scribing the rapids. Giant whirlpools are formed as the 
water pours over hidden ledges. Sometimes it appears 
that the water consists of many different streams which 
will not mix, but flow in and around and above and be- 
neath each other. The boat rocks and twists and inches 
along with the shai-p, staccato bark of the motor exhaust 
beating a steady rhythm. Not even the most powerful 
and expert of swimmers could hold his own in such a 
murderous torrent, I am sure. 

There are not only rapids, but in places the river 
widens out and becomes shallow, so that there is real 
danger of becoming stuck on a sand bar. This happened 
to us as we were returning to Belem. The boat was 
heavily loaded, so much so in fact that the water was 
running into the pipes which were ordinarily used to 
pump the excess water out of the boat. When the motor 
was not running they had to plug these pipes up to keep 
the boat from filling up with water. We were going 
along very nicely when suddenly the boat began to bump 
and scrape on the bottom. They "gave it the gun" and 
tried to get over the sand bar but the harder they tried 
the more firmly the boat became fixed in the sand. Two 
other boats came by and tried to pull us off, but to no 
avail. My companion and I decided to go back and 
wait for the airplane due in three days. It was good that 
we did, for the boat stayed on the sand bar for those 
three days while the crew unloaded every bit of cargo 
into very small boats and transported it to a point below 
the shallow spot. 

While we were in the boarding house waiting for the 
plane, two weary, sunburned, bedraggled men came in. 
They had been taking a cargo up the river Ln an out- 
board motor boat which had turned over with the loss 
of all the cargo and baggage. They had somehow man- 
aged to escape with their lives because the current was 
not as bad as in other places. 

Other perils lurk in the waters, too. The river is the 
depository for all sewage and refuse as weU as the source 
of supply for all drinking and washing water. This is 
the general rule, although there are some weUs in the 
towns. No supply of water is carried on the boats. I 
have seen warnings against using the river water, espe- 
cially in the lower reaches of the river, even for brush- 
ing teeth. In one small town where we stayed there 
would be several women washing clothes in the river, 
and men with five-gallon tin cans getting water, down- 
stream from the washerwomen, to sell for drinking and 
cooking purposes in the town. The boats, of course, flush 
the toilets and throw all garbage into the river, and at 
the same time take the water in which they cook and 
wash their meat and fish from the same river. Because 
of our forward progress we don't get the contamination 
of our own boat, and one feels rather good about that 
until he sees another boat just ahead and realizes that 
the people on that boat are doing the same thing. It is 
not strange then that worms and diseases of the intes- 
tinal tract abound. By the way, they cook fish with the 
heads still on, and it is just dandy to encounter the bale- 
ful glare of a cold fish-eye as you are preparing to 
devour him. 

Perils of the waters! The Apostle Paul certainly knew 


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what they were and after a few journeys along the Am- 
azon we can appreciate more fully just what he meant. 
But it is here, where thousands of people live, that we 
have an open door for the preaching of the Gospel. If 
they are ever to hear, it will be necessary for someone 
to endure the perils of waters to take this message 
to them. 


The Board of Trustees of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety of the Brethren Church met in special session at 
Winona Lake, Ind., January 18, 19, 1950. The purpose 
of the meeting was to care for matters relating to the 
illness of little Steven Altig, and of such other matters 
as were found to be of urgent nature. The minutes of 
the recent Field Council Meeting in Africa had not yet 
arrived, but a letter from Bro. O. D. Jobson served as a 
guide to us in a number of matters. All members of the 
board except Brethren Mayes and C. H. Ashman were 
present. Actions of special interest foUow: 

RETURN TO BRAZIL— The Board urgently recom- 
mended that Mrs. J. Keith Altig and little Steven remain 
in this country for four to six months more for treatment 
and rest for the little boy, but voted to grant approval 
for their immediate return to Brazil, should Brother and 
Sister Altig believe this to be the better thing. In case 
of returning to Brazil, they are to plan to complete the 
full term of service there. (They have decided to return 
to Brazil, and will do so in early February.) 

AUTOMOBILE FOR BRAZIL— The 1948 Plymouth, 
which the board has owned for about a year, is to be 
sent to Brazil as soon as it has been owned for one year. 

AIR TRAVEL — When plane service is to be used in 
missionary travel, the General Secretary has been in- 
structed to use regular commercial lines, except in 
emergency cases. 

TRUCK FOR AFRICA— A new two-ton truck is to 
be purchased and sent to Africa for the special use of the 
builder. (It is hoped that some group in the United 
States might feel led to iindertake the purchase of this 
truck as a project.) 

BATANGAFO BUILDING— A new two-room perma- 
nent rest house is to be buUt on our beautiful concession 
at Batangafo in the Bouca Field, Africa. Bro. Foster is 
the missionary in this field, and Bro. Robert Williams 
will oversee the erection of the building. 

dispensary at the Bible Institute location in Africa were 
approved, and $700.00 appropriated for its erection. 
Again it is hoped that some interested group might ac- 
cept this responsibility as a project. The "Bible Insti- 
tute" is now the official name for the former "Central 
Bible School." 

proved a further expenditure of about $250.00 for weU- 
drilling equipment in Africa. At an earlier meeting 
$350.00 had been appropriated. Bro. John Page, of the 
First Church, Long Beach, is assembling and testing the 
equipment at considerable personal effort and expense. 
Dare we even suggest this well-drUling equipment to 
another interested group as a project? 

tion and customs costs are now to be paid by the Board 
on the outfits for all new missionaries. May we suggest 
to our Brethren people that they co-operate most gen- 
erously in gifts toward the purchase of the outfits for our 
new missionaries? 


There are over 17,000 members in those Brethren 
churches associated in the missionary program of the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church. 
These 17,000 members can do unbelievable things. The 
challenge is for all of us to be sacrificially united in the 
task. These 17,000 members represent about 8,000 dif- 
ferent families. If all of our 8,000 families were tithers, 
what could we do? 

If all were tithers, every ten famUies could support a 
pastor and support him on the same basis as the average 
income of the ten families. 

Every second ten families could support the local 
church in all of its program. 

Every third ten families could support all national 
interests of the church, aside from missions. 

Evei-y fourth ten famUies could support a missionary, 
either a home mission pastor or worker, or a foreign 

If we were all tithers, then every 40 families could 
support the pastor, the local church, the national and 
district fellowship, and a missionary. But there are 
8,000 families! On this basis, 8,000 families could sup- 
port 200 missionaries just by tithing. 

But the joy to those who tithe is such that usually they 
give offerings and gifts over and above the tithe — some- 
times as much as a second or a third tithe. Certainly 
another 100 and possibly 200 missionary famUies could 
be supported by the offerings and gifts alone. The con- 
clusion is that 17,000 members in about 8,000 famUies, all 
tithers, paying the tithe and the extra offerings they 
would naturally give could support three to four hun- 
dred missionary families. And every missionary family 
would be supported on the same basis as the average 
living standard of the Christian families supporting 

Visionary — you say! Yes, but for lack of vision my 
people perish! At least shall we not all re-think our 
tithe and our offerings and our personal responsibility 
to the Lord and to His work. We believe that just to 
honestly do this will double or triple or quadruple our 
total giving to all Brethren missionary endeavor. — 
R. D. B. 



God touched our weary bodies with His power, 

And gave us strength for many a trying hour 

In which we might have faltered. 

Had not you, our intercessors 

Faithful been and true. 

God touched our lips with coals from altar fire, 

Gave Spirit fulness, and did so inspire 

That when we spoke, sin-blinded soiils did see; 

Sin-chains were broken; 

Captives were made free. 

The "dwellers in the Dark" have found the light. 

The glad, good news has banished heathen night. 

The message of the cross so long delayed 

Has brought them life at last. 


February 4, 1950 



Cotton Season 
By Ben Hamilton, Jr. 

January's a hard time. If you want native conferences 
or a junior Bible school, watch out! Don't draw too 
many natives away from their villages without the 
administrator's knowing in advance. January! Pleas- 
ant (?) days of 125 to 130 degrees in the sun, and dust 
storms drifting down from the Sahara! January! Happy 
and busy cotton buying season! Melting human choc- 
olate drops, with giant baskets of cotton, line up their 
loads on the ground in ranks extending from the scales 
in the little grass-roofed hangar. Natives anxiously 
wonder how many kUos at 12 francs per kilo (about 3V2C 
a pound) their baskets contain. 

Natives Carrying Cotton to Market 

The money is counted out to the owners of the baskets. 
HappOy walking away, the recipients dream of gaudy 
cloth for their wives — perhaps — or a stylish pau' of dark 
glasses to blend with dusky faces, even though the eye- 
sight might be thus diminished. Then, too, last week at 
the store there was a dashing powder blue coat with gold 
and black triangular shoulder patch with lightning bolt 
encased RKO monogram — fugitive from some New York 
RKO theater usher! And then, of course, there was a 
flashy fountain pen to clip in the front pocket. Maybe 
the happy cotton farmer can't write (he had had loads 
of excuses for not attending the mission school classes 
years ago), but how can an ambitious African satisfac- 
torUy imitate the boundjou (white man) if his pocket 
isn't adorned with a bladderless fountain pen? As he 
gaily reflects upon how to burn a hole in his pocket, he 
suddenly remembers — he did promise a few months back 
to buy his wife a New Testament. Now he wished his 
wife hadn't been so faithful in going to converts' class. 
She now could read much better than he himself. Why 
did a Testament have to cost 100 francs? 

Aye, there's the rub for many "professing" African 
Christians! It's fine to have a card saying one is a good 
church member. My, what a thrill to have the card 
punched, even if one's little girl gets it punched in 
absentia for Daddy, who just had to go atop Madagar's 
rock for delicious ants to eat. And yet — while many a 
native "believer" thinks this way at cotton-buying time, 
still we are happy to know that there are many faithful 
Christians who happily invest their money in the things 
of the Lord. Unfortunately, however, there are still too 
many who receive a goodly amount of money for their 
cotton who, in order not to lose face entirely, will 
squeeze out an occasional 50-centime piece (a little less 
than l/3c U. S.) into a chapel offering bo.x. It is not the 
government's job to force the people to use their money 
to buy Scriptures; it is the missionary's responsibility to 


Dear Herald Readers, 

Our last letter was written at Dakar, our first port in 
Africa. After leaving there we had more than three 
weeks on the ship and when we arrived at Douala we 
had been on board 35 days. It is a good thing that we 
are all good sailors! We now feel that we know the 
coast of West Africa quite well for we stopped at most of 
the ports. Ten days were spent at Port Bouet on the 
Ivory Coast. Our ship was laden with material such as 
Jeeps, caterpillar tractors, dirt movers, trucks, refrigera- 
tors — all marked "For European Recovery." There was 
a fire truck and a small locomotive carried on deck for a 
time. Getting this material ashore where there is a 
wharf isn't such a task, but to unload it into surf boats, 
with them bobbing up and down with the waves, and the 
ship rolling and causing the cranes to swing back and 
forth, isn't easy and sometimes the large tractors had to 
wait for a calmer sea. 

On December 23rd we sailed up the river and landed 
at Douala in the Camerouns, West Africa. The port is 
very picturesque with palm trees on shore and natives 
rowing in unison in their dugouts. The Missionary 
House at this place is in charge of Mi-, and Mrs. Hilberth. 
They were away for Christmas, but had graciously ar- 
ranged for us to have a room in the Missionary House. 
Carolyn had hoped that we could have a Christmas tree 
with all the decorations, but we had to content ourselves 
with some palm branches and flowers. For music we 
played some Christmas carols on our little phonograph. 
We then attended a service at the French Protestant 
Church, and had a very ordinai-y dinner at the hotel. 

As we thought of other Christmases with loved ones 
and surrounded with an abundance of food and inspir- 
ing music it made us a bit homesick, but we had to come 
to the realization that the essential part of Christmas 
was still ours — the truth of our Lord Jesus leaving the 
mansions above and coming to this world of sin. There 
was no place made ready for Him, no room in the inn for 
the Lord of glory. Mary and Joseph and the Babe were 
weary travelers on that first Christmas Day — so why 
should be always have more. So often in life we grow 
unappreciative if too much is bestowed upon us. 

We were very happy to find Andre Boybou and one 
of the red trucks awaiting us here. As soon as our 
baggage is released from customs we hope to start on 
our trip inland. 

suggest to sincere, willing Christians ways to use then- 
money for things of the Lord that will help to increase 
a native Christian's treasure in heaven. 

Pray that our native Christians may learn to sow their 
cotton money not unto the flesh and corruption, but unto 
the Spirit and eternal life. Pray that we may have wis- 
dom in teaching the native believers to know that God is 
not mocked: "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he 
also reap." Natives put in much hard work to reap 
baskets of cotton to sell in cotton season. May the Chris- 
tians faint not in using their substance to Christ's honor, 
so that at His return they may reap a truly fuU share 
of rewards. 

January! Cotton season! Twelve francs a kilogram! 
What shall it be? One hundred francs for a New Testa- 
ment and constant companionship with the Lord of 
glory? Or several hundred francs for an old coat that 
will soon turn into a filthy rag of self-righteousness, no 
longer hiding the wearer's nakedness from God? 


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By J. Keith Altig 

Yesterday (New Year's Day) we had all of the chil- 
dren of the neighborhood who would come in for a 
"festa," which was really a children's service. There 
were 26 altogether, 13 boys and 13 of the contrary sex. 
This was the program: 

1. Accordion duet by Janice and Jean. 

2. Chorus, "One Door and Only One." 
Chorus, "Wide, Wide as the Ocean." 

3. Bible Story, "Daniel in the Lion's Den." 

4. Scripture verse memorizing (John 1:29b). 

5. Choruses (same ones again). 

6. Announcements (no offering). 

7. Picture taking. 

8. Refreshments. 

After the service, the big problem was getting them to 
go home. They did, eventually, but most of them came 
back in theu- old clothes and hung around most of the 

Jean and Janice Altig at first service, Jan. 1, 1950, at 
Icoraci, Brazil. 

rest of the day begging to hear more music and talking 
and laughing. 

We invited them back again next Sunday, promising 
each one a Gospel of John and that we would show them 
the pictures we had taken. They were well-behaved 
and attentive. When we taught them the memory verse, 
I took the boys, Janice the larger girls, and Jean the 
smaller girls. 

Before trying anything for adults I wUl have to have 
more language study. So far we have had only seven 
months, or a little less, of not too intensive study. Most 
missionaries take a year or a year and a half of study, 
five days a week, and putting in all their time at it. Our 
family responsibilities and other things, like my trips, 
kept us from doing this. But I seemed to get along all 
right with the children, and we hope and pray that this 
wUl be the beginning of a great work for the Lord. 


December 31, 1949. 
Dear Brother Barnard, 

In one of your letters to Daddy you said you would 
like to have Janice's and my opinion of Christmas in 
Brazil. Weil, Christmas has come and gone, so I wiU 
try my best to tell about it. 

Christmas Eve night the Catholic loud speaker started 
up with "Ave Maria" and then played Christmas carols. 
They played them long before Christmas and are still at 
it yet, so we sure get enough of Christmas carols. 

The Brazilians have Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, 
and give presents at Christmas time. So it is almost like 
that at home. At the dime store downtown you can buy 
nativity scenes, too. 

Their Christmas trees are frail artificial things, made 
mostly of green paper. Of course, Santa is the same, but 
maybe a little warmer than those at home! But they 
give presents any time from a week before to Christmas 
day itself. I think it depends a lot on when they have 
the money. Sometimes people ask for their presents if 
they have done anything for you during the year — like 
the telegram boys or the night watchman. One of the 
other missionaries here tells of a time a man he had 
never seen came up and asked for his presents. So the 
missionary said he would give the man a present if the 
man would give him his present. The man thought that 
was fair enough, so he asked the missionary what he 
wanted. The missionary said that he wanted a Ford car. 
Well, the man looked sort of funny, nodded, and walked 
off. That was the last the missionary saw of him. 

We had a very nice Christmas this year, but we 
couldn't tell it was Christmas time by the decorations in 
the streets or the weather. 

Sincerely yours, 

Jean Altig. 


January 10, 1950. 
Dear Brother Barnard: 

The Christmas and New Year's holidays certainly are 
celebrated differently here. 

Our maid couldn't get over the fact that we didn't 
know what others were giving us for Christmas. The 
maid gave her mother the money to buy a new ham- 
mock several weeks before Christmas. She didn't give 
her brother anything because he didn't give her any- 

Brazilian children get their gifts whenever the parents 
buy them. Usually they don't use Christmas trees or 
wrap the presents. There was hardly any of our ex- 
citement and suspense at aU. Christmas doesn't seem to 
be as important to them as to us. 

A little American girl showed all her presents to a 
boy of a wealthy family, but when she asked him what 
he got for Christmas he said he hadn't gotten anything! 
Evidently that family gave presents on New Year's Day 
or the day of the Holy Kings, as many Brazilian fam- 
ilies do. 

New Year's is celebrated here a lot like it is at home. 
The woman next door made puddings and cakes all 
afternoon to eat at midnight. The man went around all 
afternoon with a glass in one hand and a bottle of ca- 
chaca (a potent national whiskey) under his arm. To 

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greet the New Year they shoot off firecrackers, rmg 
bells, and yell. 

The day of the Holy Kings is the sixth of January. 
Evidently it takes as prominent a place in their lives as 
Christmas. Some people give gifts on this day instead 
of Christinas. 

We have had two children's meetings now in our front 
room. We have them every Sunday at 10 o'clock, and 
between 25 and 30 have come each time. 
In Him, 

Janice Altig. 


A converted Japanese artist said to a missionary, "I 
suppose the reason why English artists put so much 
perspective in their drawings is because Christianity has 
given them a future; and the reason why Oriental artists 
fail to do so is because Buddha and Confucius do not 
raise their eyes above the present." 

"For we know that if our earthly house of this taber- 
nacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an 
house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." 

Typical Brazilian Boy Waiting jor the Gospel 


By R. D. BARNARD, General Secretary 

It was in the beautiful little village of Marsi. We 
drove to the top of a little hill where the government 
rest-house stood. We looked off across the village, and 
beyond it we saw the native Christian chapel. Two of 
our missionaries. Bob Williams and Wayne Beaver, were 
with me. We went to the chapel. The natives came — 
hundreds of them. The people sat through the service 
as the strange white man spoke, and gave their assent by 
frequent lusty "amens." 

After the service we started the thousand feet or more 
back to the village. The white men led the way. The 
natives — all of them it seemed — followed, but at a re- 
spectful distance. As we had gone through the village 





to the chapel we had seen the many, many idols and the 
many idol altars. This was evidence that not nearly all 
of those who attended the service were Christians — 
probably not one in ten of them, for no Christian would 
have an idol or an idol altar in front of his house. 

We decided, as we came back through the village, that 
we would take pictures of all the different kinds of idols 
and altars that we saw. The natives weren't too sure 
about their attitude in this; naturally the Christians 
were very happy about it, but the pagans weren't so 
sure. Finally, one man dashed past us in a great hurry. 
He went to the opposite end of the village. We continued 
wandering from house to house, taking a picture here 
and a picture there. We came to this man's house — he 
had torn down the altar; he had torn down the idol- 
house; and he had a little metal hoe with which he was 
digging up the very ground where the idol had stood. 
We took pictures of him digging up the ground where 
his idol had been. This pleased the natives and put 
great shame on his head. He was ashamed before his 
fellow villagers; he was ashamed before the white men; 
he was ashamed of his idols! 

But possibly you and I are in some measure respon- 
sible. The chapel and the native pastor in this village 
were very recent additions. Possibly this man had not 
had the privilege of hearing the Gospel. We should 
have given it to him in order that his faith might have 
been fixed in Jesus Christ — then he would not have been 
ashamed. There are millions like him. There are hun- 
dreds of thousands like him in our territory in Africa, 
and hundreds of thousands more, who have no more 
faith in Christ than he has, in the fields of Argentina and 
Brazil. It takes more native pastors and teachers — 
more missionaries to train them — more dollars to sup- 
port those missionaries — and many thousands more in 
America who will give those dollars to care for that 


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By MISS GRACE BYRON, French Equatorial Africa 


Several years ago, two youngsters entered vernacular 
school at Bassai. One was timid and skinny, the other 
chubby, aggressive, and covered with itch. David and 
Robert are their names. David was a "plugger" and 
never missed class. He learned the hard way. Robert 
learned without much effort and often skipped classes 
to roam the fields, hunting rats, lizards, etc. However, 
he stood at the top of his class. One year we offered 
two prizes — a shirt and a New Testament. Robert had 
first choice, and he gleefully chose the shirt, even though 
he did not have any pants to go with it. David preferred 
the New Testament and continued to wear only a loin 
cloth. They had both accepted the Lord. 

Later they entered French school. After they finished 
the two-year course, Robert drifted and was even out of 

"Who is going to teach them, if you continue to 'sit'?" 

church fellowship for a while. David went back to his 
village and began teaching children to read the Gospel 
in their own language, showing the way of salvation. 
One day, when I visited the class, he pointed out a shy 
little girl sitting on the front row of the girls' side, and 
said that he had paid all the dowry on her, and that she 
was living with his mother, and he would marry her 
when she was old enough. 

French school revived for several weeks and David 
and Robert attended. But when the school closed, Rob- 
ert drifted again. David was chosen to be catechist in a 
small village, so he moved there with his wife and baby. 
Soon afterwards he was given the opportunity to attend 
Central Bible School. I hear he is doing good work 
and his wife is one of the best readers. 

Robert made another start, this time attending Junior 

Bible School at Bassai. At the close of school he vol- 
unteered to be a vernacular teacher. Fine, thought the 
missionary, ■we have a place for him about 30 miles from 
home. "O no," said Robert, "it will be too hard up 
there. I will have no food, and I will have to make a 
new garden. I want to work in my own village where 
my relatives are, and I have a good garden." "But we 
have a teacher in your village," said the missionary. 
"Well, then, I will just sit," said Robert. 

Here in Africa are great opportunities to teach the 
people to read God's Word in their own language. We 
have the New Testament in Karre now, which is a 
wonderful help. Children are waiting, adults are wait- 
ing, and those who would teach others, but they all need 
to be taught, and who is going to teach them if the call 
has come to you and you choose to "sit"? And who 
will supervise the village schools and train the teachers 
if you continue to "sit"? 

There is no greater joy than teaching children to read 
His Word, and seeing them accept the Saviour, and later 
teaching others. We want you to have that joy, too. So 
let's not sit any longer, but say, "Here am I; send me" 
(Isa. 6:8). 


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absent were 30 miles away, and this time out could not 
be spared for the long trip. During the first week Mrs. 
Jobson gave them lessons in Mr. Oberholtzer's little 
booklet, "Six Marvelous Things," which she translated 
into Sango, and which we run off on the multigraph at 
Bozoum in neat booklet form. The second week she 
gave them stories from the life of Jonah and Daniel, the 
disobedient and obedient prophet, being translated ar- 
ticles from Child Evangelism magazine. 

A few of the women are learning to write, so the next 
meetings with the women Mrs. Jobson is planning a few 
simple true and false questions on the material she 
teaches them. Two of the women are very bright, and 
easily take the place of leadership among their Tali 

Upon our return to Bozoum, we prepared a list of the 
men who are eligible for Central Bible School this year, 
listing the total number of hours of class work and their 
grades. There are 27 whose standing makes them 
eligible for entrance in 1950. Not all of these can go. 
That would deplete the force of workers too much. 
Some wUl not be able to go because their wives do not 
yet read well enough. This is a requirement of the 
Central Bible School which encourages workers to teach 
their wives to read. But possibly six of them will be 
sent, if our quota is that high for the Tali section, then 
these men can return and help as teachers in the con- 
ferences of the future. 

Such conferences are a great blessing in fellowship as 
well as instruction. Each morning a different worker 
preaches or gives a devotional message. These services 
are entirely theirs, the missionaries not attending. Then 
in the afternoons, vesper services, at which the men 
take turns in presenting some aspect of the Truth they 
receive in the daily classes. Some of these are real spir- 
itual messages. The blessings received at this confer- 
ence will remain outstanding. We are already looking 
forward to the next two weeks, which will begin March 
1st, 1950, the Lord willing. 
Bozoum, November 4, 1949. 

February 4, 7950 



(Extracts From the Letters of Dr. Baumart to His Family at Home) 

*Sr i* 'jfe. 

A scene on tlie way into the jungles oj Borneo, 250 
miles from the coast. Note Dr. Talhot and Dr. Bau- 
man sitting in the water, clothes and all, to cool off. 

An old Dyak who, while he has become a Christian, 
still retains the native dress, inasmuch as "he can't 
stand to wear clothes." There are many such as he. 

11-27 (Continued) You are prob- 
ably asking by this time, "Just what 
do you mean by a longhouse?" This 
structure is an entire Dyak village in 
itself. The longhouse in which we 
spent our first night was approxi- 
mately 179 feet long and about 40 to 
50 feet wide. Some of these struc- 
tures are more than 250 feet long. 
They are built high off the ground 
to provide, I suppose, for protection 
from animals and for needed venti- 
lation from the dampness of the 
jungle, and from some other char- 
acteristics of life in the longhouses 

There are usually two doors, one 
at either end, and these are reached 
by the long notched logs which may 
be drawn up into the structures at 
wUl. Beneath the gable throughout 
the entire length of the building is a 
long runway. On one side of this 
runway are the beliks, or private 
quarters for each family. 

In this particular longhouse there 
were fifteen beliks in all, usually one 

room for an entire family! On the 
other side of the central runway 
there is an open floor, porch, or 
veranda. The floor is made of wil- 
lows, and these in turn are covered 
with grass mats. This really is an 
important part of longhouse life, for 
it is here, under the protection of 
the roof, that much of Dyak life is 
spent. It is here that much of their 
work is done. Here they chop their 
wood, weave their baskets, make 
their long-knives, hold their com- 
munity gatherings, and conduct their 

As I entered and saw little heads 
pop out of every belik, and then 
bigger heads come out above them, 
I wondered just where our sleeping 
quarters would be. My mind was 
soon at rest, for almost immediately 
our boys began to set up two army 
cots for Dr. Talbot and me right in 
the center of the long open space. 
For Brother Mouw and Brother 
Buck they set up two roughly made 
wooden beds alongside of them, 
without benefit of either springs or 

It was in this longhouse that we 
were served our first Dyak meal. 

We were ushered into one of the 
beliks, or family apartments. On 
the floor were little metal stands or 
tables, each about a foot high. Each 
of us. Brother Mouw, Brother Buck, 
Dr. Talbot, and I, took his position 
on the floor beside his little stand, 
and the meal was on! You may be 
interested in the menu, so here it is: 
first, last, and always — there is rice! 
Then to go along with that there was 
placed before us fish, boiled chicken 
with its accompanying broth, eggs 
fried in cocoanut oil, and native 
spinach, or at least a vegetable re- 
sembling spinach. It was a new ex- 
perience for me, but I joined with 
the rest when I saw Brother Mouw's 
confidence, and ate to the full. 

After supper was finished, the 
people gathered on the long, en- 
closed veranda-like porch near our 
beds, and we held our first service 
among the Dyaks. How we did en- 
joy their singing, and how you would 
have thrilled to see the expression 
on their faces as the forest all about 
them resounded with "There is a 
fountain filled with blood, drawn 
from Immanuel's veins; and sinners, • 
plunged beneath that flood, lose all 


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their guilty stains." Never were 
those words sung more truly than in 
that Dyak longhouse, where just a 
few years before the same people 
had been chanting their weird blood- 
thirsty songs to the beat of the tom- 

When the Dyaks had finished a 
period of song and testimony, Dr. 
Talbot and I both spoke briefly, with 
Brother Mouw intei-preting. How 
carefully the natives did listen, and 
how their faces would radiate when 
our words touched their own expe- 
rience with Christ. One of their own 
native guru (teachers) followed us, 
and with his message brought the 
service to an end. 

The benediction, however, did not 
appear to be the signal for every 
Dyak to retire to his helik. They 
continued to sit and then sit some 
more, even after all the words were 
spoken. SUence did not seem to 
bother them (and it never does). Dr. 
Talbot and I were particularly tired 
and wanted to retire, so we asked 
Brother Mouw what more would 
have to be said before the Dyaks 
left us to ourselves and the privacy 
of the long veranda. He told us they 
would stay as long as we remained 
up, so there was nothing to do but 
to go to bed with nearly a hundred 
Dyaks all looking on. It was as if we 
were out in the center of a stage and 
had charge of the whole act! After 
giving the matter some careful con- 
sideration, we finally took off our 
shirts and boots and then crawled 
beneath the doubtful privacy of our 
mosquito nets! Never in my life did 

I retire in the presence of so many 
people! But we were told that this 
was the custom, and customs in Bor- 
neo, like customs in America, are 
hard to break! 

I was so dead tired, however, that 
I did not remain awake long to med- 
itate on such a minor incident as a 
few blisters, and before long dropped 
off into a dead sleep, but, however, 
not before Dr. Talbot was already 
sawing some very hard Borneo wood 
mider his own mosquito net. 

Neither of us knew anything until 
about daylight the next morning, 
when all of a sudden both of us were 
fairly raised straight up off our cots 
by a sudden flap, flap, flap, and just 
about a foot from our heads a rooster 
let out a crow that fairly shook the 
whole village. He had been perched 
on one of the floor poles that stuck 
through the wall all along the side 
of the longhouse. Well, when that 
fellow flapped his wings, it not only 
brought us straight up in our cots, 
but it started a chorus of wing- 
flapping and crowing that must have 
filled the jungle for several miles 
around. This rooster perched right 
at the head of our cots seemed to be 
the village alarm clock all around, 
for almost immediately doors of 
rooms all along the line opened, and 
the household duties seemed to be 
in full swing. 

It was merely a matter of minutes 
until the rooster glee - club was 
swelled into a mighty chorus by the 
addition of the loudest quacking and 
the shrillest squealing mortal ears 
have ever heard. Dr. Talbot and I 
both thrust our heads out through 

the open space between the low- 
hanging roof and the wall, and talk 
about communal co-operation! — we 
never saw anything like it before, 
and we never expect to see it again. 

Some member of a Dyak family 
would head off in one direction from 
the longhouse, and one from a sec- 
ond family would head in another, 
and so on for each family of the vil- 
lage. After each one would march 
a procession of pigs, chickens, ducks, 
and dogs — every one knowing the 
procession to \vhich he belonged! If 
some hypocritical pig would break 
over into the wrong group, he would 
immediately receive unmistakable 
notice of departure at the hands of 
a Dyak. How those natives know 
all their pigs, chickens, and ducks 
in such a community is stUl a mys- 
tery to me. 

Breakfast over, we left Rasa Ter- 
bang Saturday morning, and after 
hobbling on my seven blisters for 
the first 15 minutes as if I were 
walking on eggs, I managed to get 
my feet broken-in for the trail once 
more. We continued to slog along 
through the jungle in the same fash- 
ion as the day before, and after 
crossing a stream on one of the 
characteristic Dyak bridges, consist- 
ing of a log with a single rail along 
one side, we suddenly came out to 
an open clearing. A sign over our 
path read, "SELAMAT DATANG," 
which means "welcome" or "peace- 
ful coming." We were at Bethel, the 
first of the Dyak churches we were 
to visit. 

(To Be Continued) 

Dyak wcmen preparing our supper in one oj the 
"beliks" (apartments) of a longhouse. Their pans are 
on stones and the sTUoke goes out through cracks in 
the roof. Note pet turtle tied with string to foot of 
post, left of center. 

Dyak teachers in front row. Congregation back of 
them. These people but a few years ago were famov.s 
for killing their fellow-men for the sake of obtaining 
their heads for vengeance or for glory. 

February 4, 7950 



MARY EMMERT, Prayer Band Chairman 

'Proy Without Ceasing' 

Let us be faithful in prayer — and 
full of faith. "He that cometh to 
God must believe . . . that he is a 
rewarder of them that diligently 
seek him." 

Pray for: 

Argentina — Great tent meetings 
now in progress; February Field 
CouncU; National Argentina Con- 
ference; permanent visas for Mar- 

Africa — Missionary force will be 
short-handed this year; they there- 
fore assume varied duties. 

Brazil — Edward MUler family soon 
will sail; Steven Altig is still ill; 
Brother Altig began services New 
Year's Day. 

Lower California — Jack Green 
spent Christmas there. Pray for his 
complete healing and the opening of 
that needy field. 

France — A quick and correct grasp 
of the language by "the Seven." 
Marvin Goodman, Jr., and family 
sail for France on February 23. 

At Home — A missionary heart and 
mind; $150,000 Easter Foreign Mis- 
sion Offering; for the many new 
candidates now in preparation. 



1. Give thanks for the souls won 
to Christ by students and faculty 
this year, and pray that the passion 
for souls may increase. 

2. Give thanks for the offerings 
received by the churches for the 
ministry of the Seminary thus far, 
and pray that this "Grace" may 
quickly be completed so that the 
need may be met in full. 

3. Give thanks for the comple- 
tion of the new building plans on 
January 15, and pray that God wUl 
now send us an able contractor with 
the lowest possible bid. 


1. Pray that the few remaining 
churches which are not 100 per cent 
in Missionary Herald circulation 

may be willing and able, very soon, 
to place the Herald in the home of 
every member. 

2. Pray for the success of the 
Foreign Mission Offering; the For- 
eign Missionary Society helps to 
make possible your Missionary Her- 
ald, both financially and editorially. 


1. Pray that each woman in W. 
M. C. may truly manifest Christ in 
every way this year. 

2. That wisdom and grace may be 
given to officers of newly organized 

3. That our national offering for 
Grace Seminary may be sufficient to 
meet the need. 


1. Pray that the girls may reach 
their Bible reading and memorizing 

2. That enough offerings will 
come in to pay for digging Miss 
Dunbar's well. 

3. For Miss Bowser as she plans 
the programs for next year. 


1. Pray for the Youth Director as 
he visits among the churches and 
schools of the Southeast and Atlan- 
tic districts. 

2. For the Brethren Boys Clubs 
starting, that they may be well- 
planned and successful. 

3. For those who will be pre- 
paring new B.Y.F. and C.E. lessons 
for use among our churches, that 
they'll be able to provide interesting, 
spiritual programs. 


1. Thank God for the laymen's 
movement. Pray for their encour- 

2. Pray that they may be led in- 
to systematic studies in soul-win- 
ning and in mission study. 

3. For every man and boy in the 

church, that they may catch a vision 
of what united effort will accom- 


1. For the Board of Directors of 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil; also the Executive Committee 
meeting to be held within a few 

2. That construction may be 
started early on our many new 
church buildings. 

3. For the work at Johnson City, 
Tenn., as the congregation moves 
into the permanent location the first 
of February. 

4. There is a great need for more 
adequate transportation facilities at 
Taos. Pray that in some way this 
may be met. 


1. That fundamental Christian 
programs like the Gospel Truth will 
be able to stay on the air. 

2. That more Brethren churches 
will avail themselves of the oppor- 
tunity to use the Gospel Truth pro- 


1. Pray that the Lord will safe- 
guard the funds left by will to Pear- 
son's sailor work. The financial 
need is acute. Pray that all needs 
may be met. 

2. That Rev. and Mrs. B. L. But- 
ton may be given special guidance 
and spiritual insight in these begin- 
ning days of their work among the 
Jewish people. Pray for a man to 
whom Mr. Button has witnessed, 
who is very antagonistic. Pray that 
the Jewish people will become more 
receptive as the Buttons become bet- 
ter known in the community. 

3. Pray for the spiritual condition 
of our whole brotherhood. We all 
need a spiritual quickening. 

Please send any prayer requests 
of interest to the church in general 
to the chairman at Dallas Center, 


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Dr. Paul R. Bauman returned to 
his home in Winona Lake January 
20 from his trip around the world. 
He testifies that God answered 
prayer and opened every door he 
desired to enter. 

Bro. Edward D. Miller was or- 
dained to the Brethren ministry at 
the Winona Lake church Sunday 
evening, January 22. The sermon 
was delivered by Prof. Conard San- 
dy, and other local elders partici- 
pated in the service. The Winona 
Lake church gave the Millers a 
shower January 27. 

The period of the year given to 
Foreigh Missions emphasis began 
February 1 and will continue 
through the month of May. The 
publicity for the Easter offering be- 
gins in this issue of the Missionary 
Herald, which contains eight extra 

P.ev. Roy Kreimes has received a 
good report from his doctor to the 
effect that his increased activity as 
pastor of the church in Camden, 
Ohio, has not injured his heart. 

Mrs. Victor Myers, whose husband 
is a student in Grace Seminary, died 
suddenly in Michigan City, Ind., 
January 17. Besides her husband, 
she leaves two children. 

Rev. Sihley Edmiston has moved 
to Winona Lake, Ind., where he is 
enrolled at Grace Seminary for the 


Editor and Business Manager... Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Washington 20. D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S. W.. Roanolte 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Rutli Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lalte, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lalte, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Pohnan 

second semester. He served in the 
mission at Taos, N. Mex., during the 
last year. 

Rev. Russell Ward has resigned 
his pastorate at Cuyahoga Falls, 
Ohio, to accept a call to the First 
Brethi-en Church of Cleveland, Ohio. 
Ruth Anne, 7 lbs., 3 oz., came to live 
with the Wards on Jan. 19. 

Mrs. Lulu Bowser, of Dayton, 
Ohio, who fell and broke her hip 
several months ago, is gradually im- 
proving and is now able to walk a 

The portable tabernacle that has 
been used for several years by the 
church in Peru, Ind., was moved 
January 21 to Berrien Springs, Mich., 
where it is being erected. The work 
is being done by men of the Berrien 
Springs congregation and several 
nearby Brethren churches. 

Editor Miles Taber and Office Man- 
ager Eugene Bums of the Missionary 
Herald staff attended the sessions of 
the Evangelical Press Association in 
Chicago January 24-26. 

Miss Grace Allshouse's address is 
Lincoln, Mont. She contracted a 
cold in moving, and has not been 
well since that time. 

Rev. J. Keith Altig reports from 
Brazil that on January 15, just two 
weeks after he began holding public 
services, the Lord gave seven fu-st- 
time confessions of faith. 

Every active member of the San 
Diego, Calif., church attended the 
services Sunday, January 8. 

The annual day of prayer at Grace 
Seminary was held January 26. 
Speakers were Rev. William Stefiier, 
Rev. Mark Malles, and Dr. Paul 

Mrs. Roberta Kliewer is enrolled 
at Grace Seminary for the second 

The new address of Dr. Harold S. 
Parks is Liscomb, Iowa, where he is 
pastor of the Bethel Grove Church 
of Christ. At prayer meeting he is 
teaching the Book of Romans, using 
Dr. McClain's booklet. 

Rev. R. I. Humherd gave his lec- 
ture on the Virgin Birth to the stu- 
dents of Wheaton College on Jan- 
uary 19 and held an eight-day Bible 
conference in the Grace Bible 
Church of Marion, Ind. 

The average Sunday morning at- 
tendance at Meyersdale, Pa., last 
year was 124, with a Sunday eve- 
ning average of 77. The new boys 
club had a recent attendance of 33. 

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Now 7,450 

A year ago 7,089 

Two years ago 6,683 

Three years ago 5,487 

Mrs. Laura Knipfer, of Des Moines, 
Iowa, is a patient at the University 
Hospital in Iowa City, but she read 
her Bible through again in 1949. 

The young people of the church 
in Uniontown, Pa., have purchased 
a 65 -passenger bus for the church. 

The Peru, Ind., congregation held 
prayer meeting in their new build- 
ing January 19, and the next Sunday 
the regular services were held in it 
too. Though not finished, it is suit- 
able for use. 

The First Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
voted in a recent business meeting 
to assist their pastor. Rev. WUliam 
StefHer, to attend National Confer- 
ence by paying all of his car and 
lodging expenses for the trip. 

Sixty Bible school pupUs of the 
New Troy, Mich., church had a per- 
fect attendance during 1949, which is 
about half of the enrollment. The 
Bible school reached their goal of 
6,000 total attendance for the year, 
so Pastor and Mrs. H. Leslie Moore 
served a chicken banquet to the 
teachers and officers January 28, at 
which time the speaker was Rev. 
Herman Koontz. The average Bible 
school attendance for the year was 
115, with 98 in the morning services, 
70 on Sunday evenings, and 40 at 
prayer meeting. Rev. Ward MUler 
will be the evangelist at New Troy 
beginning February 26. 

A card from Rev. WUliam Schaffer 
says that at the time of writing all 
roads out of Spokane, Wash., were 
closed by the worst storm in history 
— "10 below and three feet of snow." 

At a recent business meeting of 
the church in Wooster, Ohio, with 95 
voting members present, Pastor 
Kenneth Ashman was called to serve 
the congregation for the fifth year, 
and approval was given to continue 
the local radio program for another 
year. The pastor's report for 1949 
showed improvement over all pre- 
vious years: Bible school, 144; morn- 
ing service, 160; evening service, 106; 
prayer meeting, 61. There were 20 
conversions, 32 reconsecrations, and 
20 new members. Total offerings 
amounted to $20,238.05. 

February 4, 1950 



It was my privilege to spend a 
week at Clayhole, Ky., just before 
Christmas, holding a week's evan- 
gelistic meeting there. It was a real 
joy to visit the schools with Miss 
Evelyn and Miss Grace, traveling up 
creek in "Jim," and even getting 
into some of the nearby high schools 
for assemby periods. 

Attendance at the evening meet- 
ings was good. Most of the crowd 
each night were children and young 
people. About 30 public decisions 
were recorded, most of them first 
confessions of Christ. We praise 
God for the victories, and ask you 
to pray for these youngsters, that 
they'll be true to Christ. 

One night Celina Mares and Ro- 
berta KJiewer spoke and showed 
pictures, and they were also present 
for some of the school assemblies. 
Needless to say, the young people 
really enjoyed them! 

Quite a number of young people 
here have dedicated their lives to 
the Lord Jesus Christ for full-time 
service, as the Lord directs, and some 
of them are now in training for His 
service. Certainly this is a splendid 
tribute to the ministry of the Lan- 
drums thei-e! Five of these young 
people were home for the Christmas 
holidays, and their picture is below. 
They are Lowell Watts, attending 
college in nearby Jackson; Raymond 

Haddix, Ruth Marie Landrum, Tru- 
man Haddix, and Harold Paul 
Combs. Ruth Marie and Harold 
Paul ("Zakky") are students at our 
Collegiate Division, and the Haddix 
boys are attending Southland Bible 
Institute in Pikeville, Ky. Another 
young man of the church is attend- 
ing college elsewhere. 

This is a great work, and has been 
productive of many souls. More 
Sunday school rooms are needed 
badly, and your prayers for the work 
and workers here will surely be well 

And say, the boys here would put 
some of you other fellows to shame! 
They just sent another gift, $10, to- 
ward our national boys' project, the 
Jeep Station Wagon for the Navaho 
work. Could we say, "Go thou and 
do likewise"? 


Yes, sir! They're really going! 
Brethren Boys Clubs are starting all 
over the country. California, New 
Mexico, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, 
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vir- 
ginia, and Tennessee — almost every 
State in which we have a Brethren 
church has some clubs in it, and 
more are starting. And, of course, 
that's good news to us. Recently, in 
Washington, D. C, and Alexandria, 
Va., we met with the men and boys 
interested in a club, and they are 


Through the splendid work of 
Brother Barnard, Foreign Mission 
Secretary, we have a fine, complete 
missionary story concerning our 
work in Africa, on Kodachrome 
slides. With the slides is a complete 
script, and these will make a splen- 
did missionary program for your 
B.Y.F. or C.E. All you'll need to 
arrange for is a 2 x 2-inch projector 
and a screen. 

To secure this missionary picture 
story, write Ralph Colburn, Winona 
Lake, Ind., stating the date you de- 
sire to use it, and giving an alternate 
date, in case it is already booked for 
your first choice. Plan to run 
through the pictures and script be- 
fore you use them publicly. Full in- 
structions will come with the picture 

There is no charge for its use, ex- 
cept return postage and insurance. 

This is the first of several Koda- 
chrome missionary stories produced 
for B.Y.F. Others are in develop- 
ment on Africa, Brazil, Kentucky, 
New Mexico, etc. 

planning to start one soon in each 
church. At Buena Vista and Cov- 
ington, Va., we have met with the 
boys already started, to encourage 
and help them. 

Have you seen the new emblems? 
We think they're swell. Club chiefs, 
you can get a complete sample set 
for display, for $1.85. And you ought 
to have them to show the boys what 
they're working for. 

Although we are still working on 
uniforms, we can supply them now, 
at least the shirt and dress trousers. 
We're hoping very soon, however, to 
locate a supplier who can sell them 
cheaper, and have wash trousers for 
the boys, too. Write us about this. 

Miss Johanna Nielsen reports from 
Argentina that they just closed their 
vacation Bible school with an aver- 
age attendance of 80. Fifteen per- 
sons were baptized there recently. 

The East Fellowship Youth Rally 
will be at Leamersville, Pa., Feb- 
ruary 10, 11. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


Only when we get to "Glory" will 
the final results of our two weeks' 
revival-evangelistic meetings be 
known. God has answered prayer 
in re-uniting our people in the work 
of the Lord. After a period of sev- 
eral years without revival meetings 
God has used Brother Ashman to 
stir up the people's hearts and we 
saw results come that amazed us; 
however, we were filled with joy. 

Spiritually, the church has been 
lifted up and encouraged and a new 
passion for souls aroused. During 
the meetings God blessed with souls. 
Six people came for salvation. Five 
others came for renewal of fellow- 
ship with the Lord. During the Sun- 
day school meeting with the evan- 
gelist, 14 made decisions, several of 
them were first-time decisions for 
the Lord. But it is not numbers we 
were concerned for. It was a desire 
to be again of service to the Lord, 
again to win souls for Christ. Every 
member of the church manifested 
that desire and on Sunday, January 
8, the church was 100 per cent at- 
tended by all active members who 
could possibly get to the church. 

It was a privilege and joy to work 
with Brother Ashman. His mes- 
sages thrilled us and stirred us as 
never before. The unity of the 
church was made uppermost in the 
hearts of the people and the honor 
of the Lord given first place; then 
souls began to come. Brethren, pray 
for us here in San Diego. There are 
thousands of others here who need 
the Saviour. — Norville J. Rich, pas- 

The Brethren church in San Diego 
has been tested severely in recent 
years. Satan has sought in many 
ways to destroy the testimony of 
this fundamental Brethren church. 
Failing to destroy it, Satan has 
sought to cripple it as much as pos- 
sible. But the Lord sustained the 
remnant who have maintained the 
testimony and have been "stedfast, 
unmoveable, always abounding in 
the work of the Lord." 

After several years without an 
evangelistic series of services, the 
Lord laid it upon the hearts of pas- 
tor and people to seek a revival. 
Because of the lack of such services 
for this period, there was not the 
revival consciousness or constitu- 
ency which is usually present in the 
average church. But the group of 
faithful members began to pray and 

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Dr. Kenneth T. Drennon, pastor 
of the Brethren church in Whittier, 
Calif, was born on a farm in the 
Catskill Mountains, near Lake Hill, 
N. Y., September 15, 1902. At the 
age of 10 he knew that God was 
speaking to him, but he says it did 
not mean much to him and he soon 
forgot all about it. He continued to 
attend church and Sunday school, 
but in college he drifted far away 
from his Christian teaching, indulg- 
ing in the pleasures and sins of the 

Brother Drennon's conversion 
came at the age of 28. After sitting 
under the ministry of Rev. O. M. 
Fletcher, of the First Dutch Re- 
formed Church of Newark, N. J., 
for about two years he suddenly 
realized one night in the evening 
service that he was a sinner needing 
salvation. "There, while listening to 
the message," he says, "I asked God 
to save me for Jesus' sake." And 
he continues, "The moment I sur- 
rendered to Him there was the feel- 
ing of a great peace, and also the 
sense of great joy flooding my very 

Shortly after his conversion he 
became active in Christian work — 
jail, open air, rescue missions, youth 
work, and Sunday school. He soon 
realized that God had a work for 
Him to do. 

Previous to his conversion he had 
taken three years of training at La- 
fayette College, Easton, Pa., special- 
izing in chemistry. For more than 
20 years he worked as an assayer of 
precious metals or a metallurgical 
chemist in various plants in New 
York State and Canada. Soon after 

his conversion he attended the New- 
ark Bible School, Newark, N. J., 
graduating in 1934. In 1943 he re- 
ceived the Doctor of Divinity degree 
from the American Bible College. 

In 1936 he became associate pastor 
of the Jacksonville Chapel, Jackson- 
ville, N. J., continuing there until 
1944. During that time, and at the 
request of this church, he was or- 
dained to the Christian ministry in 
1942 at the Bethel Baptist Church in 
Brooklyn, N. Y. From 1944 to 1946 
he was pastor of the Grace Church 
of Pequannock, N. J. During the 
next two years he was interim pas- 
tor of the Peoples Church, Montreal, 

Dr. Drennon began his pastorate 
at the Brethren church in Whittier 
April 17, 1949, and in October re- 
ceived a call for the following year. 
He is a licensed minister in the 
Brethren Church. 

M r s. Marguerite Drennon, his 
wife, is from Allentown, Pa. She is 
an organist, pianist, and vocal solo- 
ist. They have three daughters — 
Charlotte, Lynne, and Kathleen. 

Kenneth Drennon is 5 feet. 8 
inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and 
has brown eyes and mixed hair. 

to invite others. They claimed the 
promise, "Ye shall reap, in due sea- 
son, if ye faint not." 

Night after night the fellowship 
grew sweeter. At no time was the 
week night attendance large. The 
Sunday services ■were well attended. 
The most that had been hoped for 
was that the work of the Lord would 
be revived and the church united for 
soul-winning. This was accom- 
plished and souls were won to the 
Lord in addition. But the real vic- 
tory was in the quickening of the 

spiritual life of the church and stim- 
ulating the faith and faithfulness of 
the members. 

We praise the Lord for this priv- 
ilege of fellowship with the pastor, 
Brother Rich, and the San Diego 
church. We believe the Lord has 
greater and fuller blessings just 
ahead for them. — Charles H. Ash- 
man, evangelist. 

A Sunday school has been started 
in the Brethren high school buUding 
in Paramount, Calif. 





Now just the other day I was talk- 
ing to my friends the nickels and 
dimes. We ■were chatting about all 
the places we have been and what 
we have been spent for. We cer- 
tainly get around. 

Take for instance that 1919 nickel. 
I had to laugh when he was telling 
us about the time he got lost under 
the rug. It seems that he was in a 
man's pocket sitting on the edge of a 
hole. This man bent over to pick up 
a paper off the floor when this nickel 
fell through the hole. Down, down 
he dropped till he hit the floor. And 
just as he was "coming to," a whole 
lot of company came. 

In all the excitement someone 
stubbed his toe on the rug, sending 
the nickel through the air. But 
when the rug was straightened, the 
poor nickel found himself under the 
rug. How he got there, he said that 
he would never know. That poor 
nickel was under the rug for over a 
year. It was a good thing that those 
people moved — 'cause it was then 
that he was found and immediately 
spent for candy. 

Now the 1948 dime seemed to 
think that his life of a year was a 
busy one. I'll have to admit that he 
surely did travel. Why, while that 
poor nickel was under the rug, this 
dime had traveled from San Fran- 
cisco to New York — in a little girl's 
purse — was spent for ice cream, 
helped buy a magazine, paid an er- 
rand boy, used for a tip, bought a 
comb, helped pay for a shoe shine, 
gas, was put in a piggy bank for two 
days, and in New York put in an 
"automat" (one of those eating 
places where you put a dime in a 
slot and out comes some kind of 

But the dime's travels didn't stop 
there. For some man got that dime 
and put it in his pocket. It wasn't 
long until the dime heard the man 
say, "Is the plane ready to take off?" 
Now that dime had never had a 
plane ride, but he was off and up in 
the air. 

Where did I meet these friends? 
Well, it is like this — 

The nickel and dime exchanged 

many hands and pockets. Finally 
they both ended up in a certain 
uncle's pocket. This uncle had a 
nephew named David. Now David 
loves Jesus and is always singing 
choruses and saying Bible verses. 

One day David's uncle came to 
visit him. His uncle isn't a Chris- 
tian. So David, being a good little 
missionary, sang some songs about 
Jesus, like "I've got a home in glory 
land," "I took Jesus as my Saviour, 
you take Him too," "Jesus loves 
me," etc. David also repeated many 
Bible verses for him. 

H i s uncle was surprised. He 
thought David was wonderful. And 
like most uncles, was very proud. 
He gave David a 1919 nickel and a 
1948 dime. He told David to buy 
some ice cream with it. But David 
immediately informed him that he 
would rather take his dime and 
nickel to church and put them in the 
missionary offering. That he did. I 
was in the offering, too. That's where 
I met these friends — in the offering 

I felt sorry for these friends be- 
cause it was the first time they had 
ever been to church. Just think of 

They enjoyed going to church, and 
they told me that they wished they 
could go all the time. Especially if 
they were put in the offering plate 
when they got there. 

So boys and girls, do you have any 
nickels or dimes in your pockets? Do 
Mother or Daddy have any in their 
purses? If so, why don't you make 
all the dimes and nickels — besides 
all the pennies — happy this year by 
taking them to church and putting 
them in the offering plate? I like to 
be happy, and I like to make others 
happy. So why don't you? 


By Dr. Charles W. Mayes 
Long Beach, Calif. 

A number of Christian period- 
icals have recently discussed the 
question editorially as to the value 
and effects of television on Chris- 
tian people in America. One mag- 
azine sent out a form letter to a 
great number of pastors and lead- 
ers, asking their opinions on the 
question. Without going into the 
many details as to the results of the 
questionnaire, we quote a para- 

"There is practically complete 
agreement among . . . pastors that 
TV in the home will hinder the 
work of the church. That 'some- 
thing special' on TV — perhaps some- 
thing quite unobjectionable in itself 
— will be enough to keep some peo- 
ple fi'om attending the weekly pray- 
er meeting or the Sunday evening 
service. As one writer, a college 
professor, puts it: 'Television would 
be wonderful during the millennium, 
if Jerusalem were the broadcasting 
headquarters.' " 

One southern pastor writes of hav- 
ing spent three days in a home where 
a television receiver had been re- 
cently installed. He states that "for 
those three days there was absolute- 
ly no Christian fellowship in this 
home, because the TV set demanded 
complete attention." 

It has been generally known that 
one of the problems in the average 
Christian home today is how to fuid 
the proper amount of time to give to 
the work of the church. Every 
service held from Sunday morning 
to Saturday night, including all 
prayer meetings and Bible-teaching 
classes, suffer from lack of attend- 
ance of good people who say, "We 
just do not have time." 

If in our generation the Christian 
people of America are serving God 
with the time they have left over 
from other things, how much less 
will be left over when those who 
have named the name of the Lord 
sit down for hours a week fascinated 
with television which requires not 
only a listening ear, but a focused 
eye. If our Lord delays His coming 
five years, it wUl be very easy to 
evaluate the influence television will 
have had in America by that time. 

Let the people of God take heed. 
There is a day of judgment coming. — 
Fifth and Cherry Light. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 



' COi,t/MM 


A recent Spokane bulletin says, 
"Have you signed up with others for 
our Tract Distribution Campaign? 
We have a fine number of returned 
signed cards. The tracts are free. 
We just received a few thousand 
more this week." 

Pastor William SchafEer quotes 
from a letter he received from 
Thomas Morris, a Northern Pacific 
dining-car waiter he met on his last 
trip to National Conference: "Thank 
you for the tracts. I liked and used 
them. God has opened a way for me 
to get tracts at a very low cost since 
I use a great number of them. I 
have also purchased some Scripture- 
inscribed pencils I use on the job 
which have created no small amount 
of curiosity." 

a sinking vessel on the North Atlan- 
tic last July 4, forms the basis of 
one of the latest American Tract So- 
ciety's tracts (21 W. 46th St., New 
York 19, N. Y.). "The Rescue" was 
written by Edwin T. Ross, of Man- 
hasset, N. Y., one of the Britannic's 
passengers. The four-page folder 
is strikingly illustrated by Artist 
Harry E. Wertz, from a picture fur- 
nished by the Cunard Line and a 
snapshot taken at the time the inci- 
dent occurred. 

Another new ATS tract is "What 
Kind of a God Have You?" by Dr. 
George Wells Arms. This eight- 
page folder, using Scripture quota- 
tions from the Confraternity (Ro- 
man Catholic) Edition of the New 
Testament, deals with the question 
of purgatory. 


The true story of how the Cunard 
liner Britannic saved two men from 


She brought me her dear little offer- 
She stopped in her sweet childish 
To gather the wee little blossoms, 
Or "weeds" you most likely would 

To her, and to me, they were lovely. 

She gave all that she had to give. 
I carefully placed them in water — 

I wanted those "weed flowers" to 

If I had been passing those blossoms 
To them I'd have scarce given 
Their value was changed by the 
With love and with joy they were 

I thought, as I looked at my "flow- 

How like little children are we. 
When we bring a love gift to Jesus, 

How glad our dear Father must be. 

It isn't the size of the off'ring 
That pleases the Father above. 

I'm sure it's the fact that the giver 

Has given his best — with his love. 

— Geneva Bowman Showerman. 


The so-called Christian colleges of 
China have been required to intro- 
duce courses in Communism, ac- 
cording to a recent release of the 
United Board for Christian Colleges 
in China. In answer to the question, 
"Is it true that Communism is being 
taught in the Christian Colleges?" 
the pamphlet says, "Yes. Courses 
giving the Marxian interpretation of 
philosophy, history, and economics 
have been added to the curriculum 
by order of the Commission on High- 
er Education. Some of these are re- 
quired of students." 

Prof. Robert Culver is holding a 
Bible conference at Waynesboro, Pa., 
February 4, 5. 




Brethren Junior-intermediate Quarterly 

1. When will it he available? 

The first number will be for the second quarter of 1950, to begin 
with the lesson for April 2. 

2. How can I see one? 

Your pastor and Sunday school superintendent will receive sample 
copies some time in February. 

3. What lessons will be used? 

The Junior-Intermediate Quarterly will follow the same general 
lesson schedule as the Brethren Quarterly for Young People and 
Adults — a through-the-Bible course. The first quarter will be a study 
of Hebrews. 

4. What will the new quarterly contain? 

a. A lesson topic and Scripture reference. 

b. A memory verse, selected from the Scripture to be studied. 

c. A gist-of-the-lesson paragraph by Miss Isobel Eraser. 

d. A puzzle drawing by Joe Dombek. 

e. A page of true-or-false, matching puzzles, code messages, etc., 
by Mrs. Homer Hanna. 

f. Suggestions for flannelgraph by Miss Louise Kimmel. 

g. A pupil's record page. 

5. What are the advantages of the new quarterly? 

a. Up to date — new every quarter. 

b. Comprehensive — study the whole Bible. 

c. Brethren — prepared by Brethren leaders. 

d. Co-ordinated — following the same course as the young people 
and adults, so that the entire Bible school, above the Primary Depart- 
ment, may study the same lesson. 


February 4, 1950 




To obey in New Testament usage, 
means to give earnest attention to 
the Word of God, to submit to its 
authority, and to carry out its in- 

The church of our day has soft- 
pedaled the doctrine of obedience, 
either neglecting it altogether or 
mentioning it only apologetically. 
To escape the error of salvation by 
works, we have fallen into the op- 
posite e r r o r of salvation without 
obedience. In our eagerness to get 
rid of the legalistic doctrine of works 
we have thrown out the baby with 
the bath and gotten rid of obedience 
as well. 

Obey or Disobey 

The message of the cross contains 
two elements: (1) promises and dec- 
larations to be believed, and (2) 
commandments to be obeyed. Ob- 
viously faith is necessary to the first, 
and obedience to the second. The 
only thing we can do with a promise 
or statement of fact is to believe it: 

v/ it is physically impossible to obey it, 
for it is not addressed to the wUl, but 
to the understanding. It is equally 

■^ impossible to believe a command; it 
is not addressed to our understand- 
ing primarily, but to our will. 

Until we have either obeyed or re- 
fused to obey, we have not done any- 
thing about it yet. To strain to be- 
Here that which is addressed to our 
obedience is to get ourselves hope- 
lessly entangled in a maze of im- 

The weakness of the message today 
is our over-emphasis of faith with a 
■corresponding under-emphasis on 
obedience. This has been carried so 
far that "believe" has been made to 
double for "obey" in the minds of 
millions of religious people. A host 
of mental Christians have been pro- 
duced whose characters are mal- 
formed and whose lives are out of 
proportion. Imagination has been 
mistaken for faith and has been 
made to do service for obedience. 

Paralyzing Disobedience 

Non-obedience has paralyzed their 

moral legs and dissolved their back- 
bones; so they slump down in a 
spongy heap of religious theory, be- 
lieving everything ardently, but 
obeying nothing at al l. Indeed they 
'are deeply shocked at the very men- 
tion of the word "obey." To them it 
smacks of heresy and self-righteous- 

All this we might pass over as 
merely one more of those things, 
were it not that this creed of the 
moral impasse has influenced prac- 
tically every corner of the Christian 
world; has captured Bible schools: 
has determined the content of evan- 
gelistic preaching, and has gone far 
to decide what kind of Christians we 
all shall be. 

It is the conviction of the writer 
that the modern misconception of 
the function of faith and the failure 
of our teachers to insist upon obe- 
dience have weakened the church 
and retarded revival tragically in 
the last half-century. The only cure 
is to remove the cause. This will 
take some courage, but it will be 
worth the labor. 

Set Yojirself to Obey 

What does all this add up to? 
What are its practical implications 
for us plain Christians today? Of 
this we can be certain: God is wait- 
ing in all readiness to send down 
floods of blessing upon us as soon as 
we begin to obey His plain instruc- 
tions. We need no new doctrine, no 
new movement, no "key," no im- 
ported evangelist or expensive 
"course" to show us the way. It is 
before us as clear as a four-lane 

To any inquirer, I would say, "Just 
do the next thing you know you 
should do, to carry out the will of 
the Lord. If there is sin in your life, 
quit it. Put away lying, gossiping, 
dishonesty, or whatever your sin 
may be. Forsake worldly pleasures, 
extravagance in spending, vanity in 
dress, in your car, in your home. 
Get right with any person you may 
have wronged. Forgive everyone 
who may have wronged you. Begin 


By Rev. Jesse Hall 
Canton, Ohio 

Read James 5:7-18; Matthew 10: 
1-8: 14:14. 

Brethren do not practice the 
anointing as a public, crowd-getting 
service. We believe it is a service 
for the quiet of the sickroom to 
which the elders have been called. 

It is a special channel of blessing 
for believers who are ill. "Is any 
among you" of course refers to the 
brethren (Jas. 5:10). The anointing 
is a channel of prayer. It is a sym- 
bol of prayer, beautifully expressed. 

It is a special encouragement to 
faith. When Jesus made clay of the 
spittle and anointed the eyes of the 
blind man. it was an act of encour- 
agement. The anointing with oil. as 
the application of the clay, encour- 
ages the believer's faith. It is to be 
remembered that oil applied is a 
symbol of the operation of the Holy 

This healing is not "in the atone- 
ment" in the same sense that for- 
giveness of sins is in the atonement. 
Jesus did not bear our sicknesses "in 
his own body on the tree" (I Pet. 
2:24). It is certainly not the will of 
God that every believer should al- 
ways be healed of physical infirm- 
ities. Chastening is a sign of son- 
ship, and chastening sometimes takes 
the form of sickness. See I Corinth- 
ians 11:31, 32. 

Prayer and anointing is the spe- 
cial privilege of the sincere believer 
who desires that his life may be 
spared to the glory of God. But in 
it all he says, "not my will, but 
thine be done." 

The anointing of the sick with oil 
is not a sacrament, whereby we ob- 
tain merit, but a service in which 
God is glorified. 

to use your money to help the poor 
and advance the cause of Christ. 
Take up the cross and live sacrifi- 

"Pray, give, attend to the Lord's 
work. Witness for Christ, not only 
when it is convenient but when you 
know you should. Look to no cost 
and fear no consequences. Study 
the New Testament to learn the will 
of God, and then do that will as you 
see it. Start now by doing the next 
thing, and then go on from there." 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

February 4, 1950 



FEBRUARY 11, 1950 


(Religious News Service Photo) 

Your request for eighty dollars 

not think best to comply with 
. . . You are not lazy, and 

1 you are an idler. I doubt 
ether, since I saw you, you 
re done a good whole day's 
rk in any one day. . . . This 
Dit of uselessly wasting time is 
! whole difficulty. 

'You are now in need of some 
ney; and what I propose is, 
it you shall go to work, 'tooth 
1 nail,' for somebody who will 
e you money for it. ... I now 
i)mise you, that for every dollar 
it you will . . . get for your own 
>or . . . I will then give you one 
ler dollar." 

iraham Lincoln, to John D. Johnston) 





The name of Abraham Lincoln is 
almost synonymous with the strug- 
gle for human freedom. But as we 
honor the Great Emancipator's 
birthday this year we are reminded 
that he did not win a final victory. 
The forces that would enslave man- 
kind are more powerful today than 
they were 85 years ago. 

The Christian cannot remain un- 
concerned in the face of this threat. 
Entirely apart from his sympathy 
for others, his own freedom to live 
and work for Christ is at stake. He 
feels that he must do something to 
keep the doors open for world-wide 
Gospel preaching. What can he do? 

He picks out what he believes to 
be the greatest, most powerful threat 
to himself and his Gospel. He be- 
gins to fight against that enemy. As 
the battle continues he finds that 
others also are fighting that same 
enemy. He welcomes their help, 
and makes common cause with 
them. He does not like some things 
they do, but they are engaged in a 
common struggle, and the greater 
enemy must be destroyed. He has 
not yet learned the lesson of Amos: 
"Can two walk together, except they 
be agreed?" 

Christians must learn that co- 
operation must be on the basis of 
what we stand for, not what we 
stand against. If we will work with 
one enemy of Christ to defeat an- 
other enemy of Christ we are fools 
indeed. Fighting against the more 
powerful enemy, we shall find our- 
selves on the side of the challenger, 
helping him to dethrone the cham- 
pion. But then we must espouse the 
cause of a new challenger against 
the new champion that we helped 
enthrone. The end is that the forces 
of Christ are dissipated in the vain 
and endless warfare between the 
various forces of enslavement. Why 
should we help one devil to trounce 
another devil? The new one wUl 
probably be worse than the first one 
when he gets the power. 

Many leaders today would have us 
believe that Communism is the 
greatest enemy of the Church and 
the Gospel. So, we must fight Com- 
munism. As the battle continues we 
find that we have some powerful 

allies. The Catholic Church is also 
fighting Communism vigorously. 
Even other religions are doing the 
same. We must join wholeheartedly 
in the fight of "religion against ir- 
religion." It sounds logical: if the 
Communists win there will be no 
place for any religion in the world, 
ours included; so we must make 
common cause with all men who 
believe in a God. 

Suppose we do that — and suppose 
we win— what then? Have we for- 
gotten the martyrs of the Reforma- 
tion? Have we forgotten the Prot- 
estant blood that drenched the soil 
of South America only last year — 
blood shed by priest-infuriated 
mobs? Are we blind to the present- 
day persecutions of Protestants in 
Italy and Spain? Some of our Ro- 
man Catholic friends may be won- 
derful people, but the Roman hier- 
archy never changes. And it has 
captured more of Washington than 
most of us realize. Whether we read 
history or pfophecy, the greatest 
persecutor of pure religion is al- 
ways apostate religion. Is it wise 
for us to help their cause along? 

Realizing that the Catholic hier- 
archy is threatening our freedom, 
some of our leaders urge us to con- 
centrate on fighting them. When we 
get into that fight we again find that 
we have some allies. Many of the 
Modernists are strongly anti-Cath- 
olic. They warn against Federal aid 
to Catholic schools, they sought the 
recall of Myron Taylor from the 
Vatican, and they are aware of the 
religious persecution in so-called 
Catholic countries. So, we are urged 
to form a united Protestantism to 
save ourselves from slavery to 
Rome. We outnumber the Catholics 
in the United States, we are told, 
and if we all work together we can 
keep our freedom. 

Suppose we ally ourselves with all 
other Protestants, and suppose we 
are successful in restraining the Ro- 
man hierarchy in its monopolistic 
purposes, what then? Simply this, 
that the Federal Council of Churches 
hates the Gospel of the grace of God 
just as much as the Communists or 
the Romanists do, and when it has 
the power it is just as ruthless. They 

meet behind locked doors to plan a 
monopoly over the entrance of mis- 
sionaries into the various mission j 
fields of the world. They keep the 
Bible-believing churches out of new | 
districts in American cities, when- I 
ever they can control the city offi- | 
cials. They use every means at their 
disposal to crowd the Gospel off the , 
air. If we help these men to defeat ; 
the Catholics we have not gained our 1 
freedom — we have just changed ! 

We get led astray into these fruit- 
less battles when we forget what our i 
Lord told us about our goal and our 
weapons. Our goal is to exalt Christ 
and to proclaim Him to men. The 
goal of the Communists, Romanists, 
and Modernists is to destroy one an- 
other so as to exalt themselves. Our 
weapons are sph'itual, and they are 
effective. Their weapons are car- 
nal and ineffective. We must never 
co-operate with one enemy of Christ 
to defeat another enemy of Christ. 
If we are on God's side we can take 
them all on at once, and we don't 
need any unregenerate help! 

But there is a danger here. We 
may become spiritual isolationists, 
supposing that we, in our little 
group, are the only true people of 
God. But there are others who have 
not bowed the knee to Baal. We 
ought to work together with them. 
God's people are not all in the Breth- 
ren Church. They are not all in the 
American Council of Christian 
Churches. They are not all in the 
National Association of Evangelicals. 
We ought to work together with all 
men who believe the great funda- 
mentals of the Christian faith, and 
we ought to permit no organization 
to draw a line through the camp of 
the Lord, dividing the people of God. 
When born-again men, who believe 
the Word and know the Lord, are , 
engaged in carrying out the Great || 
Commission of our Lord, they should '' 
receive not criticism but a hearty 
"God bless you" from every other 
child of God. 

The fight for freedom is a fight 
against all of the enemies of Christ, 
by all men who have been made free 
in Christ, using the weapons that 
have been ordained by Christ. 


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A cablegram was received at the 
Foreign Mission office in Winona 
Lake February 1 from Rev. Keith 
Altig stating that Mrs. Altig and 
Steven had arrived safely in Brazil. 

Rev. and Mrs. Roy Snyder's new 
address is Residence Jeanne, 14 Rue 
Stanislas, Paris 6, France. 

Dr. Alva J. McClain is a member 
of the executive committee of the 
new Evangelical Theological Society 
which was organized in Cincinnati 
December 28. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman's article, 
"Apostasy of Life," was reprinted as 
the leading article in Prophecy 
Monthly for February. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman flew from In- 
diana to California Januai-y 28 in 
order to speak at the Bible Institute 
the following day. He was substi- 
tuting for Dr. Louis T. Talbot who 
was ill. Dr. Bauman showed some 
of the pictures he took in Borneo. 

Rev. Lyle W. Marvin, new pastor 
at San Bernardino, Calif., reports 
that there were two public decisions 
for Christ the first day of his min- 
istry there. 

Rev. John Aeby will be the evan- 
gelist at Leesburg, Ind., February 27 
to March 12. 

The blueprints for the new Grace 
Seminary building were completed 
in January. 

Rev. Sam Homey reports from 
Taos, N. Mex., that their attendance 
has run over the 100-mark, and the 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Washington 20, D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

Arroyo Hondo congregation aver- 
ages in the 60's. "Eva," the W.M.C. 
Jeep, is used in the Arroyo Hondo 
work, so Brother Homey uses his 
own car to bring in the Taos con- 
gregation, making five trips for each 
service, picking up as many as 15 
people on a trip. More used clothing 
is needed at the mission. 

Rev. Clyde Landrum wUl be the 
evangelist at the North Buffalo Sun- 
day school near Kittanning, Pa., 
February 13-26. 

The Brethren ministers of south- 
ern Ohio will meet at the First 
Church, Dayton, February 13 to 
form a ministerium for that part of 
the Central District. This district, 
including churches in Michigan, In- 
diana, Ohio, and Kentucky, is too 
large for frequent meetings. 

Rev. Marvin Goodman, Jr., who 
will soon return to France and Af- 
rica, recently showed African pic- 
tures at Winona Lake and Dayton 

The Third Church, Philadelphia, 
Pa., launched a Sunday school con- 
test with a special Sunday school 
night February 4 when the Baptista 
film, "That Kid Buck," was shown. 

Four public decisions were made 
at the Fort Wayne, Ind., church Jan- 
uary 15, and the Bible school at- 
tendance reached 180. 

More than 200 persons were pres- 
ent at a recent "family night" serv- 
ice at the Second Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. A building campaign 
was started to liquidate the school 
debt and make possible the erection 
of a new church auditorium. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd spoke at the 
Santa Barbara, Calif., church Feb- 
ruary 2, and Rev. Charles Ashman 
wiU hold evangelistic services there 
March 19-26. 

Kathy Ruth Croker, daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Croker, of 
Cheyenne, Wyo., was born January 

Rev. Dennis Holliday, a member 
of the Winona Lake church, recently 
completed his class work at Grace 
Seminary. He is pastoring a nearby 
non-Brethren church, but would be 
interested in an opportunity to serve 
the Lord in a Brethren congregation. 

Rev. George Kinzie was recently 
a patient at the Mayo Clinic, but we 
understand that he is doing nicely. 

Rev. Luther L. Grubb is recuper- 
ating from surgery at Columbia City, 

The Leamersville, Pa., church had 
99 persons present at prayer meet- 

ing recently, which was 15 more 
than at any previous prayer meet- 
ing. And a Sunday evening service 
with an attendance of 158 was an in- 
crease of 30 over the previous rec- 

A large audience attended the first 
anniversary jubilee rally of the Gos- 
pel Truth broadcast at Kittanning, 
Pa., January 20. 

At Meyersdale, Pa., work has been 
started on moving the house to make 
way for the new church. Men of 
the congregation are donating their 

From Alexandria, Va.; "Our ar- 
chitect reports rapid progress in 
drawing the plans and specifications 
for our new church building." 

The Jenners, Pa., church plans to 
celebrate the first anniversary of the 
dedication of its building February 

The Waterloo, Iowa, congregation 
has purchased the property adjoin- 
ing the church for future expansion. 
Twenty boys were present for the 
first meeting of their new club. 
Sunday school attendance was 206 
January 22. 

The annual report of the Hagers- 
town, Md., church shows a Bible 
school attendance of 329, compared 
with 242 a year ago. The church 
treasurer handled a total of $24,- 
885.98 from all sources. There were 
75 conversions, 46 dedications, and 
30 new members of the church. 

The church at Compton, Calif., 
plans to remodel their church audi- 
torium. One of the Sunday school 
classes has put new asphalt tile on 
the kitchen floor. 

Emmett Mondor, an uncle ef Prof. 
Robert Culver, died January 8. 

Rev. James D. Hainmer was grad- 
uated from the University of Pitts- 
burgh on February 3 with the de- 
gree of Bachelor of Arts in English 
Literature. He wUl remain at Pitt 
to work on his Master's degree until 
September, at which time he wUl 
enroll in Grace Seminary. 

The South Gate, Calif., church has 
voted to secure a team of 50 Bible 
Institute students for visitation work 
on February 15. 

The young people of the First 
Church, Altoona, Pa., had charge of 
the evening service on January 29. 
Bro. Marion Gates, of Juniata, was 
the speaker. 

Sheldon R. Smouse, charter mem- 
ber and choir director for 54 years 
of the First Church, Altoona, Pa., is 

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February 11, 1950 




11-2? (Continued).— News of the 
approach to the Bethel Church had 
preceded our arrival, and by the 
time we passed beneath the welcome 
sign, the entire clearing was filled 
with several hundred excited Dyaks. 
Just to our left, a group of nearly 
50 young people had gathered. It 
was the school chorus, and they 
were singing a welcome song they 
had learned especially for us. When 
they had finished, the entire group 
of sevei-al hundred joined in singing 
several of the old songs that tell of 
the cross of Jesus and which never 
cease to thrill their hearts as well as 
ours. The next 10 or 15 minutes 
were consumed with the task of 
shaking hands with every one of 
the several hundred Dyaks, and as 
we did so we could not help but 
contrast this greeting with that 
which we could have expected less 
than a quarter of a century ago. Yes, 
the Gospel of Christ does make a 
difference in the hearts of men; it is 
still "the power of God unto salva- 
tion to every one that believeth"! 

There was time during the re- 
mainder of the afternoon for learn- 
ing more about the customs of these 
Borneo people and for taking pic- 
tures. Several had asked Brother 
Mouw to pull aching teeth so that 
we were able to get pictures of the 
missionary dentist in action. We 
shall never cease to be amazed at 
the grit of these people. Without 
benefit of any kind of an anesthetic 
or pain deadener, they would sit 
without a whimper while Brother 
Mouw applied the forceps to the 
very largest of their teeth. Once the 
offending tooth was out, they would 
usually pick it up, look at it, and 
then disgustedly throw it as far as 
they could — good riddance! 

It is necessary for the Dyak fam- 
ilies, sometimes, to come quite a 
distance to church. Late Saturday 
afternoon, little processions will start 
along the narrow trails, each family 
taking along sufficient provisions for 
the evening and Sunday. Along the 
edges of the clearing around the 
church, each family has erected its 
own little bamboo house, where they 
have shelter from the rain and the 
sun, where they sleep and do their 
cooking until late Sunday afternoon, 

when the trails in all directions from 
the church are once more filled with 
the people returning to their vil- 

The Bethel Church itself, is a good 
example of what the Lord has 
wrought among the Dyak people and 
through them. It is a large bamboo 
structure which was erected by 200 
volunteers so that it didn't cost the 
mission a penny. It has no nails, for 
all the timbers and bamboos are 
bound together by rotang. The 
church structure itself is not fancy. 
It resembles a large summer pa- 
vilion, with its camp ground, such 
as we have at some places in Amer- 
ica. Like all Dyak structures the 
building is high off the ground on 
poles or piles. There are no pews, 
for these people always sit on the 
floor. There, on either side of the 
auditorium, however, is a wooden 
bench. On these the elders of the 
congregation sit during services to 
be handy for prayer, or personal 
work, as the case may be. Formerly 
people from 22 villages constituted 
the Bethel congregation, but when 
the church grew so large, it was di- 
vided and a new building placed 
nearer some of the longhouses. 

Mine was the happy privilege of 
speaking at the Saturday evening 
sei-vice. According to Brother Mouw, 
something over 500 people were 
present and once again we thrilled 
to listen to the singing of songs such 
as "When the Roll Is Called Up 
Yonder," "I Will Praise Him," and 
others, the words of which we could 
not understand, but the tunes of 
which we could easily identify. Like 
some of the congregations in Amer- 
ica years ago, all the men sat on one 
side of the auditorium and aU the 
women sat on the other. The chil- 
dren sat across the front, and right 
here a word of praise should be 
given. Services in Borneo some- 
times last several hours, but never 
will anyone find better behavior 
anywhere on the part of little chil- 
dren than in a Dyak church. One 
song which the Dyaks love and 
which is seldom missed is, "There Is 
a Fountain Filled With Blood." 
Every word is sung by heart, for 
there are no song books for the con- 
gregation, and all the verses — some- 
times as many as seven — are sung. 

After the message. Brother Mouw 
extended an invitation, and about 
30 responded, each one standing 
slowly to his feet. Decisions are not 
easy among the Dyaks, for, once 
made, something is expected of the 
individual involved, first decisions 
for Christ are seldom made in 
church, for a Dyak will not come to 
church until after he has been saved. 
There is a good lesson here that 
more churches in the homeland need 
to learn, namely, that the church is 
not the best place to win souls; it is 
the place to feed them. Souls are 
usually won to Christ through defi- 
nite personal work in the home or 
on the field or along the trail. Once 
won, there will be no trouble in get- 
ting the individual to make a public 
affirmation or attend church. These 
wild men of Borneo have been the 
fruits of personal work. That is why 
the Dyak churches today have a 
membership of more than 4,000, after 
only 17 years' work, a period which 
was interrupted, so far as the mis- 
sionary was concerned, by the recent 
world war. 

Saturday night we stayed in a 
room provided us in a building join- 
ing the rear of the Bethel Church, 
and Sunday morning we were again 
wakened by the familiar gong, which 
called the people to early-morning 
prayer. After the striking of the 
gong, it is only a matter of minutes 
until a song is begun, requests for 
prayer are given, and the entire 
congregation joins in prayer. The 
combined prayers of the Dyaks 
ascend as a mighty chorus, each 
man, woman, boy, and girl remem- 
bering the request before the Lord 
at the same time. It is as if a mighty 
tide were sweeping through the 
church, which, after a few minutes, 
slowly ebbs imtil everything is quiet. 
Then the guru (teacher) wiU pre- 
sent another request which has been 
given him, and once again the peo- 
ple will pray. 

This procedure may seem strange 
to us because of our owm custom, 
but no one who ever attended a 
Dyak prayer meeting and heard 
those people pray would ever dis- 
approve. It is not confusion: there 
is perfect order. As Dr. John R. 

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Brethren Book Club News for March 

The Brethren Book Club contin- 
ues to grow, as nearly every mail 
brings new memberships. More and 
more readers of the Missionary Her- 
ald are finding this the convenient 
way to obtain the best in cxirrent 
Christian literature. 

Three books have been selected by 
your review committee for March. 
While recommending only good 
books, it is their purpose to suggest 
a wide variety of books — theological, 
devotional, and -fiction. Be sure you 
get the ki-nd of book you want. 

The three books recommended for 
March are: 'The Glory of Christ," 
by John Owen; "Hebrews Verse by 
Verse," by WUliam R. Newell; and 
"The Mystery of Mar Saba," by J. 
H. Hunter. Each new member will 
also receive a gift copy of "Stranger 
Than Fiction," by Florence N. Crib- 

Remember that Book Club mem- 
bers get a free book of their ovioi 
choice with every fourth book pur- 
chased. You may take as many as 
you wish, but only four books a year 
are necessary to keep yoxir club 
membership active. 

Please make all checks and money 
orders payable to the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, and ad- 
dress your letter to the Company at 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 


By John Owen 

John Owen was one of the greatest 
of the Puritan preachers of three cen- 
turies ago. His life was fidl of good 
works because he was well acquaint- 
ed with the Lord and lived in daily 
fellowship with Him. Owen was a 
great writer on spiritual subjects. 

This book, "The Glory of Christ," 
was written in the light of heaven, 
for Owen wrote it during the last 
year of his earthly pilgrimage when 
he knew he would soon be beyond 
this vale of tears and sorrow. As he 
approached death his thoughts of the 
Savioior seemed to become constant- 
ly sweeter and more personal. Christ 
was his chief meditation, the center 

of his affections during those days. 
Some of these reflections are record- 
ed in this book, the last, and, in 
many ways, the best book from the 
pen of this Puritan scholar. 

Dr. Owen in this volume reveals 
how the Christian's holiness of life, 
comfort in sorrow, strength in trial, 
peace in death, and joy in heaven 
are all based upon and founded in 
the glory and person of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Indeed, this book ex- 
alts the Lord Jesus as few other 
books have done. 

Every Christian ought to read this 
book — read it with care and thought- 
fulness. This is not a book of "light 
reading," but it is a book that will 
produce light in the soul as one 
walks his earthly pilgrimage with 
Christ. It will require some time to 
read this volume — but it will be time 
well spent. — Conard Sandy. 

This book is like Paul's second 
epistle to Timothy — a bit of advice 
from the dying days of a great saint. 
Owen was the greatest of the Puri- 
tan theologians. He combined in a 
rare degree the qualities which made 
him not only a successful pastor, 
gifted preacher, and profound schol- 
ar, but saint as well. During his life 
he was vice-chancellor of Oxford 
University and chaplain to Lord 
Cromwell. Yet, so immune to the 
vainglory of men was he that he was 
willing to rebuke the sin of the very 
men who gave him those high posi- 

During what he knew was to be 
the last year of his life he wrote this 
book — the last of a series great 
enough to fill two shelves of most 
cases. "The Glory of Christ" is an 
exposition and enlargement of John 
17:24. Contemplation upon, under- 
standing and appreciation of, the 
glory of Christ is the one thing, says 
Owen, that will enable a man to 
honestly say, "to die is gain ... to 
be with Christ which is far better." 
As you read the book you will begin 
to agree with him, and not only so, 
but also begin to behold that glory, 
somewhat, I think, as the Apostle 
Paul did. — Robert Duncan Culver. 


By William R. Newell 

This book was included in the 
Book Club selections for March es- 
pecially for the benefit of Sunday 
school teachers. The lessons for the 
second quarter of 1950 in both the 
Brethren Quarterly for Young Peo- 
ple and Adults and the new Breth- 
ren Junior-Intermediate Quarterly 
will be a study of the Book of He- 
brews. Sunday school workers may 
keep their Book Club membership 
active and receive additional help on 
the Sunday school lessons by order- 
ing this book. 

"Hebrews Verse by Verse" is a 
true description of the contents of 
this book. Dr. NeweU deals with 
each verse of the book, giving a lit- 
eral translation or paraphrase and 
explaining its meaning. His purpose 
throughout the book is to glorify 

Dr. Newell was associated with D. 
L. Moody, and at one time was as- 
sistant superintendent of the Moody 
Bible Institute where he wrote the 
beautiful hymn, "At Calvai-y." Dr. 
James M. Gray once wrote of him: 
"Two things can be said of Mr. New- 
ell without qualification. One is his 
soundness in the faith, and the 
other, the plainness and the force 
with which he expresses the truth 
as it has been revealed to him." — 
Miles Taher. 


By J. H. Hunter 

Do you like your novels thrUl- 
packed — with crisis following crisis 
— yet not bound in the familiar flam- 
ing jackets picturing a sensuous ap- 
peal, but divested of all that is vul- 
gar and degrading? Then by all 
means you should read "The Mys- 
tery of Mar Saba." The author, J. 
H. Hunter, is the editor of the 
Evangelical Christian magazine, and 
the author of other books. 

The background for the story is 
the discontent and struggle which is 
so characteristic of the Holy Land. 
The remarkable intelligence system 

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used to keep down trouble and track 
down terrorists is second to none. 
Its operators find themselves in 
many dangerous places. Their chief 
objective is to learn the identity of 
a gang of terrorists known as the 
Hooded Ones. In the midst of all 
this there is hatched a plot to over- 
throw Christianity and the British 
Empire by forged documents pur- 
porting to destroy the Gospel testi- 
mony to the resurrection of Christ. 

Although this novel has been on 
the market for several years, it still 
is worthy of the continued place it 
holds in the interest of the people. — 
Blaine Snyder. 


(Continued from Page 91) 

confined to the hospital in serious 

Bound volumes of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald for 1949 are now 
available. The price is $6.40. 

Rev. R. Paul Miller will hold 
evangelistic meetings at Cheyenne, 
Wyo., February 27 to March 12. 
Pastor Wayne Croker reports that 
attendance is increasing at all serv- 

From Middlehranch, Ohio: "17 de- 
cisions were made last week in our 
morning service. Let us praise the 
Lord for the work of the Holy 

February 15 is the Brethren Day 
of Prayer. Remember especially the 
Foreign Mission work this month. 


The National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches was in eighth place in 
per-capita giving among 47 Protes- 
tant churches last year, according to 
the annual report of the United 
Stewardship CouncU. Our total per- 
capita giving was $77.75, of which 
$57.95 was for congregational ex- 
penses and $19.80 for benevolences. 
We stood in fourth place on congre- 
gational expenses alone, but dropped 
to tenth position in benevolences. 

The following seven denomina- 
tions made a better record than our 
own, in the order named: Free Meth- 
odist, Seventh Day Adventists, Wes- 
leyan Methodist, Evangelical Men- 
nonite. Missionary Church Associa- 
tion, Church of the Nazarene, and 
Orthodox Presbyterian. None of the 
larger denominations that make up 
the Federal Council are among the 
leaders; for example, the Methodist 
Church was in 43rd place, and the 
Northern Baptists in 32nd. 

Other Brethren groups ranked 
quite low, with the Brethren Church 
(Ashland Group) in 28th place, and 
the Church of the Brethren in 40th. 

But before you rush out to teU 
your neighbors, please note that the 
Free Methodist Church gave $148 21 
per capita, or nearly twice as much 
as we did, and the Seventh Day Ad- 
ventists gave $116.49 for benevo- 
lences alone, or nearly six times as 
much as we. 

The average gift per member in 
all churches last year was $27.43, 

and the total gifts amounted to 
$971,862,987. Both figures indicate 
increases over 1948. 


They tell us the Roman Church is 
a great bulwark against Commu- 
nism. The Vatican claims Italy 99 
per cent Catholic. A third of the 
p e o p 1 e — nine million Catholics- 
voted Comm-unist in last election. 
What of the fanfare about "excom- 
munication" of pro-Reds behind the 
Iron Curtain? 

Chas. A. Wells says, "The Roman 
Church is in the midst of a life-and- 
death struggle within itself against 
the Marxist revolution . . . And re- 
member that where the Roman 
Church is still dominant, Protestants 
are persecuted as severely by Cath- 
olic forces as Catholics are perse- 
cuted by Communists!" 

Italy — home of Roman Catholicism 
and of the biggest Communist party 
outside of Russia! What does it 
mean? — Prophecy Monthly. 


Young Life Campaign is proving 
effective in evangelizing high school 
boys and girls. It specializes in 
training its converts for Christian 
leadership. More than a thousand 
young people attended the Leader- 
ship Training Institute at Star Ranch 
in Colorado last summer. More than 
125 converts are preparing for Chris- 
tian service. 


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(Continued from Page 92) 

Tumbull described it in his little 
book, "From Head Hunting to 
Christ," "They sounded like a moun- 
tain stream with music, persistence, 
and sti-ength, seeking a definite goal. 
No power of heathenism can stand 
united prayer like that. I'm sure 
the angels above the stars over that 
consecrated grove must have re- 
joiced to hear the hymns by that 
ransomed Dyak legion. 'When I see 
the blood I will pass over you,' rang 
out in the fresh night air as a paean 
of praise and faith. Well had these 
Dyaks been taught the meaning of 
the protection of the blood of the 
Lamb. They used to put the blood 
of a pig on their homes, but now 
they acknowledge only the Lamb of 
God, their sufficient sacrifice and 
satisfying Savioui-." 

Sunday morning, at Pinto Elok, 
Dr. Talbot spoke, and Brother Mouw 
interpreted. Once again, at the in- 
vitation, there was an evident spirit 
of conviction, and there were a 
number of decisions. Tears were 
shed, and there was real confession 
— the kind of revival seldom seen in 
the churches of America today. In 
addition to the decisions made by 
Christians, several people who had 
been led to Christ out in one of the 
villages came for the purpose of 
making their decisions public. 

Sunday afternoon, we once more 
donned our boots, shook hands with 
all our Dyak brethren at Pinto Elok, 
and walked back to the Bethel 
Church, where I spoke and after- 
wards took pictures. We remained 
at Bethel overnight, taking more 
pictures Monday morning, including 
one of the entire congregation, 
others of the men and women to 
show their dress, customs, etc., and 
still another of a family in which one 
member was an albino — a little boy 
of about 8 or 10. How he did loom 
out, with his white skin, white hair, 
and pink eyes, among all those dark- 
skinned people! 

Our journey on Monday brought 
us first to the village of Lando Na- 
bung, where we stopped for rest and 
refreshments. Here was a long- 
house where the people had accept- 
ed Christ only three weeks before, 
and the difference of the Dyaks from 
those who had known the Lord for 
a long time was most evident. The 
difference in the appearance of their 
longhouse and the surrounding 
ground was also evident. But, given 
a few months of knowing the Lord, 


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For the benefit of those who did 
not know Rev. Meredith Halpin, 
pastor of the church in SharpsvUle, 
Ind., in his younger days, we quote: 
"I was a skinny runt until 8 years 
old." To explain his present 294 
pounds he adds that at that time 
"evidently some squirrel blood was 
transfused, for nature has been stor- 
ing everything since." 

Brother Halpin was born at Battle 
Creek, Nebr., June 11, 1902. Walk- 
ing two miles to school he disobeyed 
one day and ate supper with some 
people in a sod shanty. His father 
paddled him evei-y step home, and 
this discipline was so effective that 
he did not get much out of line until 
college days. 

He attended a Methodist church 
for years and taught a Sunday 
school class until he went to college. 
There, he says, he was a victim of 
Modernism in a church school. He 
had managed a grocery store for four 
years, so he took a business course in 
college, specializing in salesmanship. 
He sold Bibles for two years, and 
trained and worked with college 
students during summer months. 

During the depression he went to 
California to visit his grandparents. 
Through the testimony of his grand- 
father, John E. Kellogg, he was con- 
verted at the age of 31. In the First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, he 
heard the Word preached by Dr. L. 
S. Bauman and many visiting 
preachers. He took a correspond- 
ence course from Moody Bible Insti- 
tute, worked with jail and mission 
teams, and taught in the Junior De- 
partment of the Bible school. Feel- 
ing unprepared for full-time Chris- 
tian work he waited several years 

untn he was convinced that God 
wanted him in it. 

After graduating from Nebraska 
Wesleyan University in 1929, Brother 
Halpin attended the University of 
Nebraska for further training, pre- 
paring to teach. In the following 
years he worked as a salesman, 
farmer, laborer, and machinist. But 
having felt called into full-time 
Christian work he enrolled at Grace 
Seminary in 1945, graduating in Jan- 
uary, 1949, with the B. D. degree. 
He was ordained to the Brethren 
ministry at SharpsvUle, Ind., Feb- 
ruary 27, 1949, with Dr. Homer 
Kent, Rev. Robert Ashman, and Rev. 
Homer Hanna participating in the 

During his last year in the Sem- 
inai-y Brother Halpin pastored the 
MUroy Community Church of Mo- 
non, Ind. In January, 1949, he be- 
came pastor of the Home Mission 
church in SharpsvUle, Ind. 

Mrs. Halpin, the foi-mer Ellen 
Ratekin, is from the Second Church, 
Los Angeles, Calif. She is a pianist, 
teacher, and child evangelism 

Meredith Halpin is 5 feet, 9 inches 
tall, and has blue eyes and brown 

there will be a real change in the 
appearance and smell of that village 
as there has been in others. Chris- 
tianity cleans men up inside and 
outside, wherever it is truly applied. 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman, Sr., wUl 
hold a Bible conference at Albany, 
Oreg., February 14-26, and a revival 
meeting at Chico, Calif., February 
28 to March 12. 


Sam Morris has made the mighty 
Columbia Broadcasting System bow. 
Three years ago he sued the network 
for $15,000,000 for refusing to pro- 
vide radio time for the dry forces, 
although they sold time to the liquor 
interests. Recently the network in- 
dicated it had changed its policy and 
would sell time to Morris for his 
temperance lectures. 

February 11, 1950 


Women's Missionary Council :: 1949-50 Theme 



-Rev. 4:11 


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ace in 


Woman! May our Lord richly bless her now, and at 
the Bema Seat may her reward be great. Woman! Paul 
said, "Let your women keep silence in the churches," 
but if they would keep silence how great the silence 
would be. The Church has gone forward on the backs 
of the women who have poured their sweat, strength, 
yea, even their blood into Her work. Of a truth woman 
has her place in the work of the Church. 

There is hardly a book in the field of Religious Educa- 
tion that you can pick up that does not speak of the 
teacher, or the summer Bible school worker, or the child 
evangelist, as being a woman. So accustomed have we 
become to women doing the work in this great field that 
to speak of the work being done by man would be as 
awkward as a right-handed person trying to write with 
the left hand. 

Let us begin at the beginning. The old adage that the 
hand that rocks the cradle rules the world is certainly 
true. A thoroughly consecrated Christian mother will 
have imparted nearly half of the education to the child 
that it will receive in life before it ever gets into the 
hands of another for instruction and training. This is 
the Cradle Roll age, and here the mother is the most 
important. God pity our nation in the future as we see 
the children being committed into the hands of baby- 
sitters, or to strangers while mother either works or is 
out to the movies, card parties, dance, and the tavern. 

Who would think of placing a man in charge of the 
Beginners Depai'tment, much less in charge of the more 
personal work that is the lot of the teachers of this de- 
partment. Here again the woman shines in her true 
element, continuing the work of the home as these little 
ones begin to toddle to the Sunday school. 

Even in the Primary Department one is very reluctant 
to give the teaching of boys to the men. It seems only 
the women are able to understand them and know the 
approach to their souls. They still need the touch of 
the motherly hand. 

Women have served in the Junior Department as 
superintendents, some for a long period of time, and 
have done their work efficiently and effectively, though 
it is in this department that the man becomes more 
prominent as he assumes the responsibility of training 
the boys of this department. Occasionally a man is 
found at the head of this department. 

Look around, and in the classes for girls from Inter- 
mediates to Adults and you will find women faithfully 
taking their place to give instruction, training, and 
counsel to the members of these classes. 

Teaching requires understanding of the pupil, and it 
seems, though it is not necessary at all, that only woman 
has the ability to understand and meet the need of the 
children. Or is it that she has just developed her ability 
because the responsibility has been thrust upon her? 

But teaching is not the only work in the Sunday 
school. Think of the secretaries and assistants to the 
teachers in each of the departments. Here again the 
woman has found her place of usefulness and effective- 
ness as she gathers together the information for the 
records, or steps into the breach to give assistance where 
it is needed. 

Who is it that plays the piano, or teaches the songs to 
the little ones? Again you will find woman has taken 
the lead, and is nobly carrying the work in this field. 
More women play the pianos and organs of our churches, 
teach music Ln the church, sing in and direct the choir 
than there are men in this field. 

What pastor is there who could direct a successful 
summer Bible school without the help of devoted women 
in this work. This is just an extension department of 
the Sunday school, and here woman has truly found a 
place, and shines as the stars of the firmament. 

Week-day classes in evangelism or other religious 
instruction are mostly conducted by the women. It 
seems that vi^omen make the best chUd evangelists, 
though there are many successful men engaged in this 

In a broader field which is outside the Sunday school — 
the mission field — woman has been the pioneer, the sus- 
tainer, and extender of the work. There is not a mission 
board on the earth that is not ci-ying for men, and some 
have even turned down women applicants because they 
were not needed until there were the proper number of 
men on the field. 

Woman's place in the Sunday school is almost unlim- 
ited, but let it be remembered that with every privilege 
there is a corresponding responsibility. To meet the re- 
sponsibility and enjoy the privUege one needs to be fully 
trained for the work. Read the epistles of Paul and you 
will find that he emphasizes the rooting and grounding 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

of the Christian in the Word of God above all else. 
Rooted and grounded in the Word of God is a "must" for 
every Christian Lf the work is to be done effectively. 

Remember as you do your work, dear ladies, that you 
are not there just to entertain, or to keep the children 
quiet for the hour, but are there to shape the immortal 
destiny of souls according to the Word of God. 

If you do not have a training class in your church that 
will give you the training in the Word, and in methods 
for effective service, go to your pastor and ask him to 
make such a class available to you. Enter into it with 
the desire to be better equipped for your opportunities, 
and thus become the effctive Christian that God desires 
you to be. Cultivate your talent, occupy your field, and 
give Christ the glory. 

Some time back a Brethren pastor met for the last 
time with the local ministerium made up of pastors of 
various churches in the town. Going down the line of 
truths as revealed in the Word of God, this Brethren 
man discovered that most of the other men were pathet- 
ically ignorant of much of the Bible's contents. One 
very young man, just out of a very liberal seminary, 
asked what was meant by the teiTn "rapture" used in 
connection with the Church! And he was supposed to 
be educated, trained, fitted to teach and preach. He had 
been graduated from a seminary, mind you, but he had 
absolutely nothing to offer the people who looked to him 
for spuitual food and leadership. A blind leader of the 
blind, his question regarding this one word was indica- 
tive of the entire fund of his knowledge. He just didn't 
know, and cared less. 

The Brethren pastor went to his home at the close of 
the meeting with a new appreciation for Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary, where he had, by the grace of God, re- 
ceived his training for the ministry. All over Christen- 
dom today educated ignorance stands behind the sacred 
desk. God has been good to the Brethren Church. Her 
pastors and leaders are true to the Book. And for this 
we owe much to Grace Seminai-y. What our young men 
are taught in seminary they in turn will go and teach in 
the churches which make up the Brethren testimony. 
Then, reaching beyond the confines of our own denom- 
ination, many a student in Grace Seminary, not of our 
church, has been convinced of the body of truth we hold 
and has come into our fellowship. The scope of Grace 
Seminary's influence ever increases. 

A recent Brethren Missionary Herald suggested that 
we guard auxiliaries to keep them such. Mr. Webster 
tells us that an auxiliary is "one who, or that which aids 
or helps; assistant; associate." The Women's Mission- 
ary Council is an auxiliary, and an important one, of the 
Brethren Church. This month, February, is our first of 
the three-month period to give an offering for the needs 
of Grace Seminary. We need Grace Seminary. Grace 
Seminary needs us. Let us pray as we give, for as we 
pray we'll give an offering pleasing to the Lord. 


By Ruth Waymire, Clayton, Ohio, Brethren Church 

Romans 16:12 — "Salute (those women) who labour in 
the Lord." 

What my W. M. C. means to me, in one word, is jellow- 
ship. This has always been a very precious word to me. 
It carries with it the idea of companionship, the spiritual 
quality that should exist among Christians, and the fel- 
lowship I have with my sisters in Christ in the W. M. C. 
is very precious. 

This fellowship is threefold. First there is the spirit- 
ual fellowship. This is manifested in the reading of the 
Word, the Bible study; the song service, and most of all, 
the prayer circle. We are truly lifted into the heaven- 
lies as we lift our hearts and voices in intercessory 
prayer for each other, our church, our missionaries, and 
our denominational interests. The Bible study, the de- 
votional exercises, and special music always mean more 
to the one participating, but by each taking her turn all 
receive the blessing. 

Secondly, there is the mental jellowship. This is 
closely related to the spiritual, but I wish to emphasize 
the opportunity and blessing of growth to the women 
who take the various parts in the program. As they 
act as leaders and officers and take part, their spiritual 
as well as mental capacity is enlarged. W. M. C. is a 
wonderful place to learn to express one's opinions, to 
pray, and to lose fear and acquire confidence. The at- 
mosphere is informal, one is surrounded by loving sis- 
ters in Christ who are sympathetic, and even those who 
seem to be most proficient in those things can remember 
when they too were timid and fearful, and can encour- 
age the new members. All these things can be a real 
training school for further service in the Sunday school 
and church. 

Thirdly, there is the social jellowship. W. M. C. 
groups have cJways grown in numbers and interest when 
the meetings are held in the homes with the social hour 
and light refreshments. We learn to know each other 
better in our homes; we love to dispense hospitality, and 
this is Scriptural (I Pet. 4:9). A spirit of love and un- 
derstanding develops in such an atmosphere. Breaking 
bread together has always been a symbol of friendship. 

One reason for the growth of the modernistic church 
is the social life of its members. Though too much 
stress is laid upon that and not enough on the funda- 
mentals of the faith, we need not go to the other ex- 
treme and ignore the need of a social life. If this need 
is not met in the Church and its organizations, our mem- 
bers, especially the younger ones, will find it elsewhere. 

The work meetings, the projects, whether for local, 
home, or foreign needs, are a great factor in cementing 
the lives of our women together in the bond of Christian 
love and service. The material needs of missionaries 
and Christian workers have been met in a marvelous 
way by our W. M. C. women. 

There is a better spirit of co-operation and a closeness 
among the women of a church where there is a W.M.C. 
This spreads to other councils throughout the brother- 
hood and one has only to attend the sessions of General 
Conference to realize what a unifying bond this organ- 
ization is to the Brethren Church. 

May God's richest blessing be upon the Women's Mis- 
sionary Councils as they continue to minister to the 
material and spiritual needs of the Church (Tit. 3:8). 

Februarf 11, 1950 



16 Rue Stanislaus, 
Paris G, France, 
December, 1949. 
Dear Friends: 

Two months in Paris has shown us the impossibility 
of writing a personal letter to each of you whom we con- 
sider our friends, and we hope our prayer partners. As 
time permits, we intend to maintain personal contact 
with each one of you who promised to pray for us, but 
at present the strain of learning the French language 
takes the greater part of our time. It is our desire to be 
used of the Lord in seeking men and women for Christ, 
and our success will depend in large measure upon your 
faithfulness in praying for us. "One soweth and another 
reapeth" — we will sow and ye are entered into our labor 
through prayer warfare. What a thrill it is to us to 
know that somewhere in a kitchen in a Pennsylvania 
home a housewife feels suddenly constrained to pray 
for us, or out in Indiana, Ohio, or elsewhere, a young 
man or woman, at work or play, feels the call to prayer 
for us. God give us friends like that! 

This Christmas we will miss the singing of carols, the 
atmosphere that pervades our homes at Yuletide season, 
and the family gathering for the opening of gifts, but 
the Spirit of Christ will be here to direct our thinking 
toward the gieatest Gift of all, even our Lord Jesus. 
Christmas in Paris, so we are told, is as different from 
that in the States as the language. They compare only 
in the measure in which they have commercialized it 
and forgotten the real meaning. 

Glancing out the window just now, we see a black- 
robed Roman Catholic priest, symbol of the system 
which has blinded so many. A while ago, a huckster 
pushed a cart down the street, shouting his wares; it 
didn't matter that it was Sunday. To him, as to most 
people, it is just another day. We have been praying for 
opportunities to witness. We cannot speak French, but 
there are many Americans around us. Last week a 
young English-speaking Norwegian, who lives in the 
room next to us, fell sick and we visited him. For well 
over an hour we spoke with him and a negro student 
from Brooklyn about spiritual matters. Sorry to say, the 
negro boy was much opposed. Pauline and I stood on a 
street corner for 45 minutes the other day explaining the 
way of salvation to another American student. And so 
it goes. Strange that we should come to foreign coun- 
tries for missionary work and our greatest opportunities 
are with our fellow Americans, and yet not altogether, 
for we have had an opportunity to witness to the little 
French maid who cleans our room. We have engaged 
her for private conversational lessons several nights a 
week after her work is finished. We covet her soul for 
Christ. Will you pray for her and her husband, that we 
may show them the way of salvation. Of course, they 
are Catholic. 

Our French is progressing slowly. We have gotten to 
the place now where we are able to read nursery 
rhymes. Can you imagine the Sumeys reading "Puss in 
Boots" and "Uncle Remus"? What worries us is the 


Bible Study — "God's Leader for the Exodus" 
Mission Study— "China" 

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Argentina — 

March 21 Mrs. Hill Maconaghy 

Ajrica — 

March 1 Mr. Albert Balzer 

March 2 Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver 

March 21 Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon 



Which two of our present missionaries met while at- 
tending Moody Bible Institute? Where are they now 
serving the Lord, Ajrica or Argentina? 

We're so glad that some ladies have entered this con- 
test. Surely more will get busy and dig up the answers. 
Go to your pastor for help. If he doesn't know he will 
help you find the answer. You'll be much more inter- 
ested in the missionaries if you know something about 
them personally. Perhaps we have not given you 
enough time to answer. Suppose we suggest that all 
answers be postmarked no later than the first day of the 
month following publication of the question. 

Let's go!! 


Max I. Reich 

O Love, my hunger is too deep 

For bread alone to still: 
The void within too vast for aught 

Save deathless love to fill. 

Where shall I find the nourishment 

That satisfies the soul? 
Where is the potent remedy 

That makes the sin-sick whole? 

O Love that died for me. Thou art 

My only resting place; 
The answer to my deepest need 

I read in Jesus' face. 

fact that we are enjoying them! Maybe it is an early 
second childhood. 

Please remember us in prayer and don't forget "as cold 
water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far coun- 
try" (Prov. 25:25). So write if you can. Hoping you 
have a very blessed time in the Lord this Christmas 
season and throughout 1950, we are 

Yours for the souls of men, 

Charles and Pauline Sumey. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Letter From Johanna Nielsen 

[This letter, a year old, just turned up on the Editor's 
desk. Since the injormation is so interesting — a sort of 
timeless news — we are printing it jor our readers' en- 

Rio Cuarto, Argentina, 
February 24, 1949. 
Dear W.M.C. Friends: 

For several months I have been very much concerned 
because I could not seem to find time to acknowledge 
your letters and cards, making it look as though they 
are not appreciated. They truly are. As the days 
slipped by, and still no time, it became rather discour- 
aging; nevertheless I am stUl hoping to do better this 
year, so please forgive seeming negligence ui the past. 

You will understand that our force is very small, and 
so each one needs to do all it is possible, with the help of 
the Lord, to do. For me it was not a gradual working 
back into things, but through force of circumstances, a 
direct plimge into the midst of things. Correspondence 
is one thing that can be put ofE, but when it piles up, it 
seems impossible to "get out from under." That is what 
has happened to me. 

As you know, if you stop to think, we are in the midst 
of summer activities. Thanksgiving comes near the close 
of school, and is apt to slip by unnoticed, for we are 
probably head over heels in preparations for V.B.S. and 
Christmas program. No small task, for the V.B.S. mate- 
rial has to be mimeographed and the teachers' material 
translated and typed. This year we used Mrs. Ranney's 
"Life of David," and 12 copies of the teachers' manual 
had to be translated and typed. I went to Carlota for a 
couple of days to help run the thousands of lesson sheets 
through the machine. Mrs. Sickel prepared the illustra- 
tions used on the stencils. Christmas programs have to 
be adapted and parts translated. Some of you who 
know more than one language, try translating some 
Christmas songs, and see how easy it is (Especially if 
you have no gift for poetry.) 

During the winter and early spring it seemed as 
though it would never rain, and we had lots of wind and 
dust. But the longed-for rains finally arrived and we 
have had an abundance, making the country look lovely. 
They are sometimes hard on plans. At times it looks 
very threatening and then nothing develops. Other 
times many of our streets look like rivers. Recently we 
saw the river, Rio Cuarto (Fourth River), which usually 
is one or two shallow streams in a wide bed of sand, 
become a raging torrent, cai-rying along large trees and 
eating away at the bank dangerously near some of the 
homes. Storms come up very suddenly. 

In December we had two V.B. schools in Rio Cuarto, 
one here and the other in Banda Norte (North Rio 
Cuarto), reaching entirely different groups of children. 
We had joint closing exercises, and the children seemed 
to enjoy it all very much. Mrs. Schrock remarked that 
they seemed to get more pleasure out of the V.B.S. and 
its program than out of the Christmas preparations. 

Our Christmas program was scheduled for Thursday 
evening, but at the hour folks would be getting ready to 
come, a heavy rainstorm broke. I w^as feeling glad that 
at least there would be no uncertainty, for it was so bad 
no one would venture out. When the rain stopped I 
went downstairs, and there were quite a number who 

had come in spite of the storm. The program was an- 
nounced for 9:30 (you may think that a funny hour, but 
it isn't at all), and it was about 10:30 when the storm was 
over, and then more folks came to see if we were having 
the program. So . . . one never knows! 

Summer months see the tent and Bible coach in action. 
To date there have been campaigns in Rio Tercero, 
Corral de Bustos, and Pueblo La Italiana. The next 
should have been in the Wagner district, but because of 
unforeseen difficulties had to be canceled. The length 
of the season depends largely on the weather. If nights 
are too cool folks wOl not attend. Warm, moonlit nights 
are ideal. Then folks walk out to enjoy the fresh air, 
and if there is some attraction, so much the better. All 
tents will be used for Conference next week; two for 
dormitories, and one as a dining tent. We expect to "eat 
and sleep" 120 to 150 on the property. Ladies will sleep 
in the house, the men in the tents. 

January brings young people's camp. This year had 
the largest and best ever, according to unanimous testi- 
mony. Ninety-three (almost 40 more than last year) 
enthusiastic campers returned to spread the news of a 
wonderful time, physically and spiritually, in spite of 
very limited camp equipment. A number of first-time 
confessions and many dedications of life are reported. 
There were young people from all our churches, creating 
friendships and good fellowship among our youth. 

Thus far we have had some 17 or 18 V.B.S. This year 
we used a number of the students from the Bible Insti- 
tute evening classes to help. Nelida Nunez, our national 
(lady) worker, also helped. She is much in demand 
everywhere. There are still a number of schools to be 
held, for we want, if possible, to have them in all 

In Rio Cuarto we count time from close of school to 
Christmas; from Christmas to Camp (early in January); 
from Camp to Conference (late in February); and now 
it will be from Conference to Institute, for we are plan- 
ning to open a full-time Bible Institute this year. (That 
means April.) Since this is the railroad as well as the 
mission center, we have a good many guests, and on 
special occasions, like Camp, Conference, Youth Rallies, 
etc., a number have to come early and stay over. They 
have to come and go when there is train or bus connec- 
tion. So a day or so before and after we can count on 
anywhere from a half dozen to a score of guests. One 
nice part is that we hardly ever know how many there 
will be. At Conference the place is simply turned over 
to the folks, and yet we are responsible for their com- 
fort. Quite an experience for the new missionary in Rio 

Our regular family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Schrock, 
the two-year-old twins, Beckie and Normie (loveable, 
well-trained, and wide-awake youngsters) ; Rogelia, who 
helps with house and twins, and loves the twins devot- 
edly; Teddy, Mr. Sickel's big white Spitz, who is my 
especial charge; a rabbit and a bantam rooster (gifts to 
the twins), and a variety of birds that belong to the 
Sickels. I live in my old quarters, the upstairs apart- 
ment above the church, which was built for the Sickels 
when they first came to Argentina, and has been occu- 
pied at some time by almost all our missionary families. 
It is very comfortable and really feels like home. 

Conference meets during the first three days of Car- 

February 11, 1950 


naval, which are holidays, February 27, 28, and March 1. 
In spite of all the noise and confusion of Carnaval last 
year, we hardly realized such a thing was going on. We 
were all so busy and so happy here. Conference is a 
time of blessing and reuinon, looked forward to from 
year to year. We hope that it may be better than ever 
this year. 

Will you pray that we may be able to reach many of 
the thousands that wander in the darkness of sin in this 

Pray that the Lord wUl direct in what seemed at first 
the impossible task of establishing the full-time Insti- 
tute, as we felt definitely led to do. 

Pray that the parents of the interested young people 
may be willing for them to attend. 

Pray for the many young people who made decisions 
at camp. Also for those who accepted the Lord in the 
tent meetings. Pray that there may be fruit for eternity. 

Pray for the congregations that want to build houses 
of worship. 

Pray that your missionaries may have the physical 
strength, as well as the grace needed to meet the ever- 
increasing duties that are pressing upon them. 

Pray the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers for 
this field. 

Pray that the doors may be kept open for the preach- 
ing of the Gospel. 

Yours in His service, 

Johanna Nielsen. 


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Vice-President— Mrs. Grant McDonald. Rt. 1. Box 29K. Ramona, 

Recording Secretary — Mrs. Robert Ashman. 36 East Warren St., 

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15. Va. 

From the Standpoint of the Pastor's Wiie 

By Mrs. Leo Polman 

Someone asked me how I like being a Home Mission 
pastor's wife. I immediately thought of a game we used 
to play. You are given a word, the name of a very 
familiar object, and are told to describe it. It is sur- 
prising how difficult it is to find words suitable. That is 
my predicament now. Having been a Home Mission 
pastor's wife so many years, all I need to do is remi- 
nisce a bit. 

They have been happy years. Someone said, 'It 
makes a lot of difference who the pastor is." How true. 
Those who know my husband, know that life is never 
uninteresting or dull. A cheerful spu-it helps many 
times to hide a discouraging moment. Hope, faith, and 
courage are other attributes that, if one does not have 
as a natural gift, one must ask the Lord for them, and 
then cultivate them. A strong faith, a great courage, 
and a hope never dimmed, are all necessary to start a 
new work, • 

I remember one time I was so discouraged about our 
Young People's Department. One of our missionaries 
was visiting in our home, and I was, figuratively speak- 
ing, crying on her shoulder. She listened attentively, 
then said, "I think you are trying too hard yoursell 
Why not tell the Lord you have done your best, and then 
ask Him to work out your problems." She said that on 
the mission field when they came up to a seemingly im- 
possible situation they just stopped and said, "You do 
it now, Lord." That way when the answer comes — and 
it will — one can never say, "We have accomplished this, 
or that." Instead we will say, "See what the Lord hath 
done." Well, I did that very thing, and now it is a real 
joy to look around and see young people in the Lord's 
sei-vice. Christian homes established, out of that class. 
Many times since, this has been a real help to me in my 
part in the work of helping to build Home Mission 

We always entertained guest speakers in our home. 
Blessed times! How well I remember our son's shocked 
expression when he found one of our members was to 
enteiiain this special time. "Don't we get to have them 
at our house?" I believe one reason children come to 
love God's servants, and desire to be one of them, is 
early, personal association with the many who come our 
way. If you ever are asked to entertain the evangelist, 
or Bible teacher, or visiting missionary, always make 
every effort to do so. Best of all, go to your pastor and 
offer to entertain, or help in any way you can. (I never 
have forgotten the banana cake that came to my door 
via my friend's husband. She knew we had unexpected 
company, and thought this would help.) 

It is you, and your home, that receive the blessing 
when you entertain God's servant. In many places, hos- 
pitality is a forgotten art. It is in reality a gift of God 
and another attribute that should be cultivated. 

A motto we have used for years, "I'd just love to," 
works fine. Anything we do for Him brings joy, which 
surpasses any sorrows or disappointments that may 

I surely had no idea, when I went foi-ward in a C. R 
convention and yielded my life to the Lord, that I would 
be a Home Mission pastor's wife. But if I could choose 
my life's work and begin again, I wouldn't change for 
any other. You will be happy any place He puts you 
if your life is yielded to His wUl, 


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At Jesus' Feet 

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou 
shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to 
do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make 
thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. — 
Joshua 1:8. 


LET'S SING— "Tell It to Jesus," "Somebody Cares," and 

favorite choruses. 

Using requests. 
DEVOTIONAL STUDY— Use the one suited to your 

SPECIAL MUSIC— Develop S. M. M. talent. 
MISSIONARY CHILDREN— The Jobson Children. 

GOAL 14 

Most of our Bible reading should be completed by 
now. Aren't the new emblems yummy? Some Sister- 
hoods are awarding them as soon as a girl completes 
Goal 2. 

The memory work has been fun, hasn't it? Who's 
ahead in your Sisterhood? If you want the joy of having 
your Sisterhood an honor one at National Conference, 
get after those slow pokies right away. One way is to 
agree on a verse in each chapter and drill on them at the 
regular S. M. M. night each month. This goal really 
isn't hard, unless you are lazy, and it wUl fit you to 
meet Goal 13. Like David, you can say, "Thy word 
have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against 


"Evening aTid ■morning, and at noon, will I pray, and 
cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice" (Psa. 55:17). 

Pray for your national officers as they plan next 
year's program, and for the S. M. M. conference in 

Pray definitely for the Sisterhood projects, and do 
your part. 

Pray definitely for the many S. M. M. girls who are 
striving to overcome sin in their lives and to live a 
victorious life. 

Remember the requests of your local group. 


A checkup is always a good thing for anyone, includ- 
ing Sisterhood. How are you coming along with your 
goals? Are you meeting all of them with fine colors? I 
sure hope you are and that you are doing it as unto 
the Lord. 

Now in Goal No. 3, each Sisterhood is to add at least 
one new Sisterhood girl to their organization during this 
year. There are many ways you can meet this goal 
through contests, giving a nice prize to the girl who 
brings in the most new members, or planning an S.M.M. 
party or special meeting around these outside girls. If 
you like, you could present each girl with an inexpen- 
sive corsage, such as a white rose with a little green fern 
which would be carrying out S. M. M. colors. Above 
all, you must make your Sisterhood meeting so interest- 
ing that girls will want to join. And be sure you make 
girls feel as though you really want them in your organ- 
ization. Let's go out of our way to get new girls in our 

Goal No. 13 really isn't a new one, because it is a goal 
that each one of us should have had and should have 
right now in our own individual Christian lives. As a 
worker among children, I have found "The Wordless 
Book" to be very good in leading a child to Chi-ist. As a 
Senior Sisterhood girl, I have foimd the "Soul Winner's 
Guide" to come in very handy when the Lord sends op- 
portunities for me to witness to others of Him. If you 
are really born again, girls, you'll have to teU others 
what Christ has done for you. Remember, girls, God's 
Word says that "he that winneth souls is wise." 
Yours for a better Sisterhood, 

Harriet Ann Steffier, Vice-President. 

February 11, 1950 


These animals are found in Luke 13, 14, or 15. See if 
you can find at least one verse where they are found. 
This time we have to read an extra chapter so that we 
shall be able to finish reading the book of Luke before 
the end of the Sisterhood year. So you wUl find a verse 
from each of the three chapters to memorize also. 

Swine, fowls, ox, sheep, hen, oxen, ass, calf, and fox. 


At TeSUS' Feet— ■^^^ ^^^^^ ^^ Comfort and Sympathy 


All through the church hour Elaine had been crying. 
She was one of my S. M. M. girls and I knew her very 
well. Something really serious must be the trouble, for 
normally she was a cheerful, happy person. We were 
in the midst of revival meetings. People sometimes 
sobbed from conviction of sin, but this was different. 
Finally I could stand it no longer. On the handy pad I 
always carried in my purse, I wrote these words, "May 
I help you, dear?" I slipped it over the seat to her. 
"Please, may I see you alone?" was her answer. I set 
the time when she might find me alone at the parsonage 
and I began to pray that I might comfort this broken 
heart, whatever the trouble might be. After dinner, the 
children were tucked into bed. Pastor and evangelist 
retired fo pray. Elaine came at the appointed time. 

A broken tragic story forced itself through those 
swollen lips. Here was a girl in real trouble. At such 
moments as this I am glad that I know Christ as my 
Saviour, and that I have been called to serve Him as a 
minister's helpmeet. I folded Elaine in my arms and let 
her cry until she became quiet. The telling of the 
tragedy, and the love of comforting arms brought a 
measure of relief. There had been no one else to whom 
she could go. Her parents were unsaved and unsympa- 
thetic. We knelt in confession and prayer. It was very 
important now to seek much-needed wisdom. The Lord 
never fails to bring comfort to His own. He did so in 
this case. Elaine was comforted. The tragic problem 
was finally worked out and her life once more became 
quiet and happy. 


A few months ago we told you of the bequest of 
"Peace" that Jesus left us in John 14:27. In the same 
chapter He said, "I will not leave you comfortless." 
In verse 16 we find these words: "And I will pray the 
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he 
may abide with you for ever [continuous]." Verse 17 — 
"Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot re- 
ceive, because it seeth him not. neither knoweth him; 
but ye know him: for he dwelleth with you, and shall 
be in you." 

This whole passage, beginning with "Let not your 
heart be troubled," was given by Jesus to comfort His 
disciples as He was preparing them for His death and 
the separation that lay ahead. If you are studying at the 
feet of Jesus, you will find no better passage than this to 
comfort you. Fear may clutch at your heart, while dis- 
appointments and losses darken your world. In your 
teens the sun shines brightly much of the time, but so 
often, in a moment, the world looks shadowed. I watched 
a 17-year-old girl prepare for a plane trip to Colorado 
the other day. She sparkled with joy and anticipation. 
A few careless, cruel words thoughtlessly spoken by her 
brother, sent tears raining down her cheeks. The sun- 
shine turned to shadow that quickly. 

But whether there be shadows ever so dark, there are 
always these words spoken in Hebrews 13:5: "He hath 
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." In the 
great commission from which our year's theme verse is 
taken in Joshua 1, there is a comforti-^g passage to the 


leader, "I will be with thee: I will not fail thee." Joshua 
must often have thought of this comforting promise in 
those dark days that followed. 

God always comforted His prophets when the world 
rejected their message, yet they must carry on their tes- 
timony. Isaiah 41:10 — "Fear thou not; for I am with 
thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strength- 
en thee; yea, I will help thee." 

I remember when I was a girl that I worried much 
over the fact that my mother might die. She did die a 
few months after I was married, though I was just 19. 
Our bond had been unusually close since neither of us 
had sisters. My grief was intense. I was comforted by 
the message found in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Verse 
18 — "Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 
Sitting at His feet, we learn that He is coming for us — 
the Bridegroom calls for His bride, the church. The "Up 
Calling" is real comfort to one who loves His Lord. 

A few years ago a man stood at a railway station 
awaiting the arrival of his bride-to-be. Strange as it 
seems, this couple had never seen each other face to 
face. He had suffered much for Christ's sake. A few 
hours ahead of the Japanese, he had fled with his 
motherless babies from Sumatra where his wife had laid 
down her life in the missionary cause. Upon his return 
to America, his ministry reached thousands of young 
service men as they passed through the doors of the 
Victory Service Club in Los Angeles. Then he becaime 
the leader for Youth for Christ in this area. 

During this time, his missionary sister in India often 
wrote of her love and high esteem for her gifted co- 
worker, a Norwegian girl. A friendly correspondence 
brought about a courtship by letter. Hubert Mitchell 
asked her to become his wife. After much prayer and 
careful consideration, she consented to come to America 
to marry him. Now he was at the station, awaiting the 
moment when he would see her face to face. Would she 
really love him? Would he know her? The train pulled 
into the station. Eagerly he scanned the passengers. 
Then he saw her. There could be no mistake. The next 
moment her searching eyes found him and instantly they 
knew their love was born of God. Today they serve 
Christ in India. 

Our Bridegroom, Christ, awaits the time of reunion 
with His bride, the church. Meantime, He would have 
us comforted with these precious Thessalonian words 
and others for the trials that come to us. His comfort 
is eternal. Deuteronomy 33:27 — "The eternal God is thy 
refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." 


In studying the four Gospels, we find a sympathetic 
Jesus. Repeatedly we read the phrase "He had com- 
passion." It was for both the crowd and the individual 
that He had pity. He cast demons from a man and told 
him to go home and witness to the compassion the Lord 
had on Him (Mark 5:19). 

Matthew 9:36 — "But when he saw the multitudes, he 
was moved with compassion on them." Have you ever 
sat where you could see a crowd of people and watch 
their faces? Is your heart sympathetic with what you 


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see? You will see poverty, physical suffering, sin- 
sickness, despair, and bitterness in many faces. Does it 
make you concerned for their souls? Have you compas- 
sion in your heart for them? 

A few weeks ago I stepped into a nearby city bakery. 
I was almost horrified at what I saw. The bakery is a 
good one and was crowded. I saw the same horror and 
then pity on every face. A very handsome young man 
held the arm of the most pitiful looking woman I have 
ever seen on foot. She was the nearest thing to a living 
skeleton one could imagine. Her skin had the severest 
pallor and was drawn tightly over every bone visible in 
face, head, and limbs. Even the little hair left on her 
head looked entirely lifeless. Two deep dark holes for 

eyes appeared to be all the life there was. She must 
have been the young man's wife, for the tenderness with 
which he treated her was thrilling to see in this day of 
careless loves. 

Jesus loves us in a greater manner than even this. No 
matter what we are or what we look like. He is moved 
with compassion for us. Hebrews 4:15 — "For we have 
not an high priest which cannot be touched with the 
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted 
like as we are, yet without sin." 

Sisterhood girls, let us learn comfort and sympathy for 
others from Him. The world is harsh and critical but 
Christian girls need to show the warmth of Christ 
through their very persons. 



KATHRYN KIMMELL was born at Bassai the 19th 
of February, 1924. She was the first white child the 
Karre people had ever seen, and naturally a curiosity to 
the Africans. The natives walked many miles to see her 
and bring her gifts. At that time our African mission 
was stUl in the pioneer stage, and the housing conditions 
were poor. Kathryn was born in a mud house that her 
father built, but which was not mosquito-proof, and 
Kathryn had malaria fever when just a few weeks old. 
Her temperature rose on different occasions to 106°. 
But our dear Father spared her life, and we took her 
home when she was just five months old. 

Much of the traveling on the 250 miles from Bozoum 
to Bangui was done at night to avoid the heat. There 
were no automobUe roads, and the whole distance was 
made on foot. At the close of our first furlough we left 
her with the Smoker family in New Paris, Ind. At 12 
years of age she went to the Westervelt Home for Mis- 
sionary Children in South Carolina. She graduated from 
high school while living in this home. She took some 
studies in the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and then 
took her nurse's training in Philadelphia, graduating 
from the Germantown Hospital in 1946. While in train- 
ing she met Mr. William Bellinger, a student at the 
University of Pennsylvania, and they were married in 
June, 1946. They are now at home in Walkerton, Ind. 

ORVILLE DAVID was born February 9th, 1925, in 
Berlin, Pa. David was also left with Kathryn in the 
Smoker family when we left America again for the 
shores of Africa. How we praise the Lord that we now 
have good living conditions on our African field, and a 
school for the missionaries' children! David also at- 
tended the Christian school in the Westervelt Home, and 
later finished his high school in Long Beach, Calif. 

He was inducted into the Army in 1943 and served in 
the 10th Medical Corps. His service in Europe took him 
to many different countries, and he was awarded the 
Good Driver's Medal. The Lord wonderfully protected 
him, and when demobilized he returned to Long Beach. 
In June, 1946, he and Noreen Spangler were married by 
Dr. Bauman in Long Beach. David Junior was born 
June 21, 1947. 

Our dear David went home to be with the Lord July 
24, 1949. Heaven is so very near to us now since we have 

a treasure over there. John 12:24. Already his pi-omo- 
tion to glory is bearing fruit. He had volunteered for 
Africa, but the Lord gave him a higher calling. Some 
day we shall know no more separation. 

JOSEPH ROGER JOBSON was born at Bassai Sta- 
tion May 9, 1928. Living conditions were then so much 
better, as we had permanent — or at least mosquito-proof 
— houses, which aided so much in health conditions. 
Roger was three years old when he returned home with 
his parents for his first furlough. On the Belgian boat 
he insisted on talking the native language to all the 
black folk. When seven years of age he returned to 
Africa, and we had our first school for missionaries' chil- 
dren. Four children were enrolled, and the mothers of 
the children did the teaching. However, it was not pos- 
sible to have school all the year, so the children were 
taught at home by their mothers. 

When Roger was 13 we again returned for furlough, 
traveling via South Africa, stopping at Cape Town for 
a few weeks until we could secure a boat for the States. 
We traveled on the S. S. President Grant, an American 
steamer. This ship carried many missionary children 
from different parts of the world, as those were days of 
war, and passenger ships were few. Our furlough was 
passed in Long Beach, Calif. Roger attended the public 
schools; however, his last two years of high school he 
took at Bob Jones Academy. He attended Westmont 
College one year, and this is his second year at Chaffey 
Junior College. Roger dedicated his life for full-time 
service, and expects to enter the Seminary in another 
year. Continue to pray for the missionaries' children. 

GOAL 10 

Girls, how about your reading circle book? Each of 
these three books has been read and recommended by 
those who chose them. So many girls get no further 
than the funny-book stage of reading. Even in our read- 
ing circle books at school, we find nothing quite as chal- 
lenging as these great missionary experiences. If all the 
girls do not seem to take an interest in reading the book, 
you can have a chapter read and reported on each month 
• — better stUl, if you feel there is time, have one of your 
best readers read a chapter aloud at each meeting. 

February 11, 1950 


Junior Sisterhood Devotional Topic for March 



Have you ever seen a china-face doll? The desire of 
every little girl today is to own a "magic-skin" doll. 
When I was a little girl we wanted a doll with a beautiful 
china face. I had one. She was a beauty. She had 
been passed down through several generations of our 
family. She had a lovely head of curls which were made 
from human hair. I loved my dolly passionately. I re- 
member caring for her with tenderness and shielding her 
from careless hands. I just couldn't let anything happen 
to this treasured doll baby. 

But one day something did happen. Some of the girls 
of the neighborhood were playing with my sister and me 
in our back yard. We were dressing our "babies," pre- 
tending to feed them crackers and water and taking 
them for a walk in the yard. In the midst of all our fun 
playing house, a very annoying boy who lived next door 
tried to break up our play. Of course, all the gu'ls 
ganged up against him and refused to let him into our 
yard. He tried to climb the fence but when he'd get so 
far over we'd push him back to his own yard. This 
made the boy very angry and in desperation he did a 
very naughty trick. 

His mother wasn't home that afternoon, so he took one 
of her clothesline props and went upstairs to the back 
bedroom of his house. Opening the window which faced 
our yard, he threw the clothesprop down. Do you know 
where that prop landed? You guessed it — right on the 
head of my cherished china doll. Her face and head on 
the right side were cracked and splintered. I was a 
broken-hearted "mother." I was not only angry at the 
boy but I was afraid of a scolding from my mother when 
she saw the damaged doll. I couldn't hold back the 
tears. Oh, how I needed comfort at this time. None of 
the girls could help me in this trouble. The doll was 
damaged beyond our ability to repair her. My fingers 
were bleeding because I tried to put some of the china 
pieces together. With great sorrow in my heart I w-ent 
into the house clutching the doll close in my arms and 
sobbing wildly. 

Mother could hardly believe her eyes when she saw 
the condition of this valued doll. Her first impulse was 
to tell me that I could never play with this doll again. 
But when she saw my grief and listened to my story she 
put her arms around me and comforted me as only a 
mother could do. She gave me sympathy, too, for she 
understood my grief. She knew I loved this doll and 
would have prevented this accident if I had been able. 
She bandaged my bleeding fingers and told me she'd 
take my baby to a doll "hospital" and have her repaired. 
This was done and to this day I still have this very same 
doll baby. But do you know that all the skillful repairs 
of the "hospital" could not hide the marks caused by the 
accident? Even though Mother comforted me and sym- 
pathized because she knew it was not my fault, she could 
not erase the marks of the accident. 

Down through the years, every person in the world 
has needed comfort and sympathy. God knows this and 
His Word is full of comfort for those who love Him. 
People in the world who do not know or love the Lord 
Jesus Christ and trust in Him for salvation, look to the 
world for comfort and sympathy only to be turned away 
unsatisfied. When trouble strikes the unsaved person 
the world says, "Serves him right." When trouble strikes 
the believer God the Father says, "I understand. Ti-ust 
Me. This thing is for your good. I love you." U Co- 
rinthians 1:3 and 4 says, "Blessed be God, even the 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, 
and the God of all comfort: who comforteth us in all our 
tribulation that we may be able to comfort them which 
are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we our- 
selves are comforted of God." Are you Christian girls a 
real comfort to your friends when they need your help 
and sympathy? You should be because God intends for 
us to pass on to others that which He gives to us. 

Just one more thing to think about in our discussion. 
All the comfort and sympathy my mother could give me 
could not erase the marks of the cracks in my doll's 
head. And if we as Christian girls sin, even though we 
confess the sin to the Lord Jesus and forsake it, some- 
times the marks are so deep that comfort and sympathy 
wUl not cover them up. May God help us each one to 
be grateful for His comfort and sympathy. May we live 
a life well pleasing to Him, giving out to others the com- 
fort and sympathy in Christ Jesus which they need. 

Note to the Junior Patroness: 

A week before the meeting appoint several girls in 
your S. M. M. to think of some time in their experience 
when they needed and received comfort and sympathy. 
Also have some think of a time when they gave comfort 
and sympathy. Then have them tell these experiences 
at the close of this devotional topic. This time of testi- 
mony wUl help fasten the subject in their minds. 


Greetings from the Ghent S. M. M. girls of Roanoke, 
Va. They are busy striving to meet their goals. Their 
local project is to help some needy girls in Kentucky. 
Also they made home-made candy and cookies for four 
of their young people away at college. 

* * * 

The Junior girls of the Second Church of Los Angeles 
enjoyed a Christmas party at the home of their patron- 
ess. They are making scrapbooks for hospitals. 

* * * 

The Senior gii-ls at Wooster, Ohio, proved it was more 
blessed to give than to receive at Christmas when they 
honored their pastor and family with a party and gifts. 
They also had a hankie shower for their patroness who 
fell and broke her ankle. They are plarming a slimiber 
party to roll bandages. 

* ♦ « 

The Fort Wayne Junior girls are busy collecting pen- 
nies for the well project. They have gained two new 
girls this year so far and are trying to interest others, 

» » » 

The Senior girls of Summit Mills, Pa., had their 
Christmas party at the home of one of the girls who is 
ill and was unable to meet with them for some months. 
In November they packed toys and books for the chil- 
dren of Taos, N. Mex. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

February 11. 1950 

2, No. 7— Feb. 18, 1950 

Home Mission Number 


As the Editor Sees It 

By L. L. GRU6B 


Recently the Converted Catholic magazine carried an 
article which again reminds us that the Knights of 
Columbus continue to "carry the ball" for the Roman 
Catholic Church. 

Regular radio broadcasts are being aired as induce- 
ments to wayward Protestants to return to the "fold." 
Eight advertisements which have been running in na- 
tional magazines are furnished free to those wUling to 
pay the cost of broadcasting time. The ads are now 
being carried in publications with a combined circulation 
of 30,000,000. 

Yet there are those who still decry any attempt to 
reveal the subtle movements of this organization dedi- 
cated to the task of setting up a world religion. The 
same people who express holy horror at the advances of 
Communism simply wink at the un-Christian and un- 
American activities of the Roman Catholic Church. 
Certainly Communism is a thing to be detested and 
blotted from our shores, but the R. C. Church has infil- 
trated more positions of civU and military authority than 
the Reds. The Roman Catholics enjoy safety and secur- 
ity in their efforts toward religious tyranny and toward 
their goal of control in governmental policies and deci- 
sions. So true is this that many apparently loyal Prot- 
estants would never think of lifting their voices to say 
anything that might be supposed opposition to Cathol- 
icism. Such individuals are simply hastening the time 
when they will be under the iron heel of Rome's eccle- 
siasticism. For an object lesson on what that means we 
may read the laws of the Inquisition which, by the way, 
have never been repealed! 

How many times are outstanding Protestant religious 
news items featured in great daily papers? About the 
only consideration given Protestants goes to the apostate 
Federal Council or some of its agencies. On the other 
hand, notice how many outstanding Catholic activities 
are given complete coverage in our newspapers. Motion 
pictures are buUt about convent life with nuns, monks, 
and priests in prominent roles. The radio carries abun- 
dant Catholic propaganda. All advertising media are 
used at every opportunity to publicize their holidays 
and public functions. 


The most subtle advance made by the Catholic Church 
is in the realm of our public schools. Singularly enough, 
and no doubt significantly, newspapers have carried very 
little news on the recent trials in Dixon, N. Mex., where 
the Protestant residents resented having their children 
taught by garbed nuns and priests. The fact that public 
funds were used to support the public schools did not 
deter the Catholic teachers from brazenly propounding 
the doctrines of the church and insisting that the chOd- 

dren "Hail Mary" several times each day. Read an 
account of this case elsewhere in the magazine. 

The Catholics are smart enough to know (apparently 
smarter than many Protestants) that children and youth 
are most vulnerable at these early stages in life. Thus 
the reason for the thousands of Catholic schools and 
theu- efforts to win our Protestant children. Yet many 
Christians have failed to see the need for Christian day 
schools. We are usually extremely adept at "locking 
the bam after the horse is stolen." But in this case the 
Catholics have already "stolen the horse" and the bam 
is not yet locked! 

When, when, will Christians awake sufficiently to the 
dangers of this subtle religious system to rise in right- 
eous indignation and at least insist upon the rights 


The above heading could easily be the title to our 
cover picture which shows two little Navaho Indian 
gh-ls holding the dollies that Brethren folks through- 
out the country sent them for Ckristmas. 

The occasion was the Christmas party given for the 
Navaho boys and girls by our Brethren home mission- 
ary, Dorothy Dunbar, at Counselor Post, Cuba, New 

This is an important ministry, but more important 
is the Gospel message telling of the "unspeakable 
gift," our Lord Jesus Christ. The giving of toys and 
clothing makes possible a Gospel contact Ln many 

The Navahos say, "Thank j'ou for your help!" 

Keep it coming! 

guaranteed a free people in our Constitution? Even 
John Q. Public, aside from any religious convictions, 
should be anxious to preserve his heritage. Yet, when 
the Pope speaks it seems to him as the voice of God! 

"Keep Catholicism out of the schools," should be the 
battle cry in every State in the Union. We should take 
advantage of every opportunity to spread information 
concerning these matters. 


Hand in hand with the advances of the R. C. Church 
and aiding it goes the failure of the Protestant church 
in doing the job God called her to do! 

In discussing this matter recently, an editor said that 
it was unfortunate that an idea existed among men to- 
day that the Church has largely faUed. Then he pro- 

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Associate Secretary of the Division of Social Education 
and Action, Presbyterian Board of Christian Education 

Reprinted by Special Permission from 
Progress," December, 1949 


In a pile of rubble and refuse in an abandoned public 
school buUding in Dbcon, New Mexico, curious visitors 
last July found a discarded religious textbook which 
evidently had been used in Roman Catholic instruction 
classes. The book was a soiled and dilapidated copy of 
"The Faith of Our Fathers"— 430 pages and 31 chapters 
covering all important points of Catholic dogma and 

The derelict school building at the time of our visit 
was being used as a stable for donkeys, which were 
placidly grazing in the schoolyard. 

The visitors included members of a social-problems 
class in a Presbyterian leadership school being held at 
the time in Santa Fe. The visit was really an on-the- 
spot study of the famous Dixon school case. 

Our teachers and guides for the day were Mrs. Lydia 
Zellers and Miss Olive Bowen, members of the Dbcon 
Presbyterian Church. They represented especially the 
Free Schools Conmiittee which has resisted so valiantly 
the efforts of Roman Catholic leaders to control and use 
the public schools of Dixon and other New Mexico com- 
munities for the dissemination of Catholic teaching and 

Dixon is a village of some 1,200 people, mostly of 
Spanish descent, about half of whom are Catholics, half 
Protestants of various persuasions. The village nestles 
in a valley in northern New Mexico, 47 miles by high- 
way from Santa Fe. Three miles away, where the road 
from the village joins the main highway, stand the lovely 
Spanish-type buildings of Embudo Hospital, a Presby- 
terian mission institution with a glorious 35 -year record 
of service to the Spanish-speaking people of the district. 

Trouble began eight years ago when the Catholic 
Church, through a "packed" local school board, assumed 
control of the public schools. Nuns were employed to do 
the teaching. At one time the teaching staff included 
immigrant nuns from Germany who could speak very 
little English and no Spanish. 

The nuns had previously operated the parochial school 
which was turned into a public school by moving all 
school children from the real public-school buildings 
into the parochial school and putting nuns on the county 
pay roll, using free textbooks, busses. The county not 
only paid the nuns' salaries, but also all running ex- 
penses of the "public" school. The program of instruc- 
tion remained unchanged, with Catholic religious teach- 
ing prominent in the curriculum. 


Dissatisfaction centered on the poor quality of teach- 
ing in the schools, and on the fact that religious instruc- 
tion was forced upon all pupils, Protestant as well as 
Catholic, during school hours by nuns garbed in the 
habits of their vocation. The Catholic prayer of devo- 
tion, "HaU Mary," was recited by all students four times 
a day. Bingo was played in the school during hours to 
raise money for the Catholic Church. Students were 
urged to go to confessional and were deprived of priv- 

ileges if they refused; great advantages were given to 
pupils who memorized the Catholic catechism. 

Fair-minded people of the vUlage, Catholic as well as 
Protestant, sought to have the public school moved off 
the church premises and, hopefully, out of church con- 
trol. They were told that the public-school buildings 
formerly occupied were no longer habitable. Vandalism 
and weather had taken care of that. 

So in the summer of 1947, with funds raised by vol- 
untary subscription, a splendid five-room school build- 
ing was erected and presented to the village. The dream 
was a truly public school in the great American tradi- 
tion, with sound education, free from sectarian influence. 

When the new school was opened, the school board 
planned to staff it with a nun as principal and three 
other nuns among the teachers. Catholic control was 
stUl dominant in the school. 


The free schools group of Dixon then lodged a protest 
with the school board of Rio Arriba County. A delega- 
tion from Dixon attended a meeting of the board in the 
county seat of Tierra Amarilla, 75 miles away. The pro- 
test was referred to the New Mexico Board of Educa- 
tion in Santa Fe, which held a disappointing closed hear- 
ing with only one person permitted to testify for the 
complaining citizens. The efforts of the board to cor- 
rect the abuses in Dixon were tardy and unsatisfactory. 

A survey then revealed that the Dixon situation was 
duplicated and sometimes exceeded in at least 28 other 
New Mexico communities where 145 members of Cath- 
olics orders — nuns, brothers, priests — were teaching in 
public schools and disseminating Catholic propaganda. 
More than $450,000 was being paid to them annually, an 
average salary of about $2,500, most of it going directly 
to the church. Many clear violations of laws affecting 
church and state relations were recorded. 

Increasingly it became clear that real remedy could be 
achieved only through court action. So on March 10, 
1948, there was entered in the district court in Santa Fe 
a formal suit which demanded "the removal of nuns, 
brothers, and priests from public-school positions." The 
suit was filed in the name of 28 plaintiffs from seven 
New Mexico counties. It names 235 defendants, in- 
cluding Governor Thomas J. Mabry, the state and county 
officials involved, the superintendent of Catholic paro- 
chial schools in the archdiocese of Santa Fe, and the 145 
members of Catholic orders who were teaching in the 
"public" schools. Governor Mabry, it happens, is a 
member of a Presbyterian church in Albuquerque. 


In the suit, the plaintiffs asked that all schools named 
in the complaint be declared parochial schools and 
ineligible to receive public funds, that all members 
of Catholic orders be forever barred from teaching in 
New Mexico public schools, that no New Mexico tax- 

February 18, 1950 


supported school be conducted on church-owned prop- 
erty, and that other abuses be corrected. 

The case was tried before District Court Judge E. 
Turner Hensley in Santa Fe in October, 1948. The com- 
plaining citizens were fortunate in having as their at- 
torney able, earnest Harry L. Bigbee. The trial itself, 
with both sides vigorously testifying and arguing, lasted 
two weeks. 

Judge Hensley studied the case for more than four 
months before announcing his decision. In the mean- 
time former United States Solicitor General Charles 
Fahy came from Washington to plead with the court not 
to use "blunderbuss treatment" in barring members of 
Catholic orders from teaching positions in public schools. 

On March 12, 1948, the court announced its verdict, 
which (1) banned 143 members of Catholic orders from 
ever again teaching in New Mexico public schools, (2) 
required the removal of public schools from Catholic 
buildings, (3) ended free bus transportation for pupils 
in parochial schools, (4) prohibited the issuing of free 
textbooks to parochial schools, (5) barred the teaching 
of sectarian doctrines in public schools, (6) banned the 
display of sectarian symbols in public school classrooms, 
and (7) prohibited the payment of public tax funds to 
teachers in parochial schools. 

After an unexplained delay of many weeks, on June 
22 Judge Hensley filed his judgment and the decree 
became law in New Mexico. Apparently a great victory 
had been won by the Protestant-led free schools group 
in Dixon! 


Immediately it was evident that Catholic leaders were 
ready to take advantage of certain loopholes and ambi- 
guities in Judge Hensley's decree. 

The judgment put an end to the public-school careers 
of certain named members of Catholic orders, but New 
Mexico's attorney general, Joseph Martinez, ruled that 
the decree did not prevent other members of the same 
orders from taking their places. He also advised that 
though the Hensley decision banned the giving of free 
textbooks to parochial schools, it did not prohibit the 
Board of Education from supplying parochial school 
pupils with free books. 

As soon as the court's verdict was filed, the Dixon 
school board announced the appointment of four nuns 
from outside the state to take the place of those named 
in the indictment. The situation in Dixon was not really 
changed at all. 


At the time of our on-the-spot study of the Dixon case 
last July, the leaders of the free schools group were al- 
ready weighing the wisdom of appealing to a higher 
court for a clear-cut decision which would bar from 
public-school teaching in the state all garbed members 
of religious orders. 

If the case were carried to the United States Supreme 
Court, a favorable decision would apply throughout the 
country. The Dixon group feels that the trial record 
developed in the district court proceedings in Santa Fe 
is complete and comprehensive, and could well be the 
basis for the highest appeal. 

On September 20, 1949, Attorney Han-y L. Bigbee, in 
behalf of the complainants, announced that the case is 
being appealed to the New Mexico Supreme Court and, 
if necessary, to the United States Supreme Court. The 
order permitting this step was filed by Judge Hensley. 
Mr. Bigbee stated, "The only ground for appeal is that 


my clients do not believe Judge Hensley's judgment 
broad enough to effectuate the doctrine of separation of 
church and state." 

Speaking for the plaintiffs, Mrs. Zellers said that they 
are asking the disqualification of all Catholic nuns and 
brothers, as a class, as public-school teachers. "We are 
asking this disqualification as a class because of the na- 
ture of their vows," she explained. "We have examined 
these vows and found that they require allegiance to the 
church first, and then to temporal authority. It does not 
permit the removal of religious Influence from the pub- 
lic-school classrooms." 

This all takes money, more money by far than the 
Dixon group can provide. They exceeded generosity in 
erecting the new public-school buUding two years ago. 
The district court trial cost several thousand dollars to 
which they contributed to the limit of their means. 

Thousands of friends of the cau;e they serve, however, 
assisted with contributions ranging from a dollar or two 
to one hundred dollars. The group estimates that $10,- 
000 will be needed for appeal to the State Supreme Court 
and $15,000 will be required to carry the case through 
to the United States Supreme Court. They have about 
$2,000 on hand at present, and depend upon their friends, 
new and old, across the country for assistance. Contri- 
butions are being sent to the Free Schools Committee, 
Box 45, Dixon. 

Great souls are the people who have carried the ball 
in the Dixon case — Lydia Cordova Zellers, daughter of 
a Presbyterian missionary, whose father was once pas- 
tor of the Spanish-speaking church in Di.xon; Porfirio 
Romero, graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary 
and present pastor of the church; Olive Bowen. who is 
associated with her sister. Dr. Sarah Bowen, in Embudo 
Hospital; Paul Stevens, courageous Presbyterian minis- 
ter in Taos, N. Mex.; and many others. The work they 
are doing is important, not only to Dixon, but to the 
preservation of our precious American heritage — the 
free public school. 

(John 11:28) 


"Come and Rest" — Salvation. 
"Come and Drink" — Sanctification. 
"Come and Follow" — Service. 
"Come Apart" — Separation. 
"Come and Dine" — Satisfaction. 
"Come, Take Up the Cross"— Suffering. 

(Fifth and Cherry Light) 

(I John 3:1) 

1. That bestowed on us from God. 

2. That bestowed by us to God. 

3. That bestowed by us on others. 


(Luke 16:19-31) 

1. A place of unbearable torment. 

2. A place with an unbridged gulf. 

3. A place of unsatisfied longings. 

4. A place of unending memory. 

5. A place where unconcern is conquered. 

(James Calhoun) 

The Brethren MissioBary Herald' 

After Five Months at Clayhole 

Clayhole, Ky. — Various views from our Kentucky 
Brethren Mission. Inset: Pastor Sewell Landrum. 

February 18, 1950 


It was quite a change to come from my home in Hunt- 
ington Park, California, to Clayhole, Kentucky. When I 
arrived at Clayhole, the people were strangers to me; I 
did not see any familiar faces. As I met the folks here, 
one of my first impressions of them was their friendli- 
ness and their desire to make me feel at home as soon 
as possible. 

Right away I was given a little beginners class in Sun- 
day school to teach. At first, taking the roll took up 
most of the class time. I did not know their names, and 
many of them hesitated in responding with a "present" 
or "here" as I called their names. But now, after five 
months at Clayhole, they know me and I know them, 
and we have a good time together in our class. Now as 
I go about Clayhole I see familiar faces and say "howdy" 
along with everyone else. 

One morning, soon after I arrived here, we started out 
in JIM to go "up creek." I was going to pay my first 
visit to our little schools. We visited three schoolhouses 
that morning up this particular creek. Then, on another 
day we went in a different direction, up a different 
creek with different turns to watch out for, to visit an- 
other school. I thought to myself, "If I should have to 
make these trips alone, I would get lost for sure." In 
Los Angeles one can at least pull over to the curb and 
inquire of someone the information desired, but "up 
creek" people are few and far between "and not on every 
corner." But now, after five months at Clayhole, my 
knowledge of the geography here has improved. 

As friends in our different churches come to Clayhole 
to visit our work, we always take them on what we 
know will be their favorite trip — "up creek." They are 
always thrilled and impressed as they hear these kiddies 
repeat their memory verses and sing their songs. I 
know how they feel, for I felt the same way when I first 
heard them. And now after five months at Clayhole, 
after five months of being with these children every 
week, helping to teach them Bible verses and songs and 
Bible stories, I have grown to know them and to love 
them. It never ceases to be a thrill to me to see the 
way they hide Bible verses and Bible truths in their 
little hearts. I know what it means to them, for I re- 
member how much it meant to me when I was their age. 

At home I was quite used to crossing streets and 
watching out for cars, but when I came here I had to 
cross creeks on footlogs and swinging bridges. Several 
weeks ago I had my most scary experience. We wanted 
to take two friends- of ours who were visiting us to a 
certain home. A high, swinging footlog had to be 
crossed in order to get there. I had never crossed a 
swinging footlog before so I did not know what to ex- 
pect. There was not anything but a wire stretched 
alongside the log to hold on to, and it was as unstable as 
the log. One of our friends reached the middle of the 
log and it started swinging; she looked down and began 
to get dizzy, so she turned around and came back. After 
seeing her unsuccessful attempt at crossing it, the other 
lady refused to try. I thought that I could make it by 
being careful, so I started across. Half way out the log 
started swinging and I began to lose my balance. How 
I wished that I was back there on solid ground! I was 


just as certain of falling into the creek as I was of 
reaching the other side. P. S. — I made it, and after five 
months at Clayhole I am becoming more sure-footed. 

One condition which I have found to be true here in 
the Kentucky mountains is that there is a reverence for 
God's Word among the non-Christians. They do not 
scoff at God or make fun of the Bible. They have a 
respect for the things of the Lord — I am speaking gen- 
erally, as there probably are individual cases where this 
is not true. This fact has really impressed me as we go 
into our high schools and take God's Word to the young 
people there. I often find myself thinking about the 
high school which I attended at home and how irrever- 
ent so many of the young people were. We do have a 
wonderful opportunity here in being able to reach the 
young people in the schools. 

I do not want to close without mentioning something 
else which I have enjoyed while being here at Clayhole, 
and that is the many friends in our Brethren churches 
who have been able to come and visit our work here. 
We have had many times of happy fellowship together. 
And to you many other friends who are not able to visit 
us personally, we do thank you for your prayers and 
the interest which you have shown in this work. 

For myself, as I look back over the past five months 
of work here, I ask one question — "Has all of my work 
been done hecaiise of my love for Him?" Work done 
because of any other motive is work done in vain. While 
I was preparing to come to Clayhole, I took II Corinth- 
ians 5:14 to be the motive which I wanted to have be- 
hind all of my service for Him — "For the love of Christ 
constraineth 'me.' " 


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ceeded to support his position by pointing out that 
various colleges are now teaching in their classrooms 
that the Church has not failed. Proof is found in hos- 
pitals, institutions for the disabled. Boy Scouts, Girl 
Scouts, Parent-Teacher Associations, etc. There was 
no mention of the Church's spiritual task; no reference 
to the Gospel or the salvation of souls. 

Never have we read an editorial that so clearly proved 
the falsity of its contention. 

The Protestant church has jailed in its primary bus- 
iness! The apostasy, lack of waiTn, living orthodoxy, 
have made the Protestant church not much more than 
a social institution. The message of, "Ye must be born 
again," has been exchanged for another. "Ye must be 
clothed," "ye must be fed," etc., now are of first concern. 
Great segments of churches no longer believe in salva- 
tion by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Many have 
even repudiated the inspiration of the Scriptures. The 
Church of Jesus Christ is primarily a spiritual institu- 
tion, raised up and commissioned to meet such needs in 
man. If, in the process of meeting those needs as the 
Bible teaches, there is necessity for food and clothing, 
then such generosity and hospitality are included. Now 
the "cart" is before the "horse," and it seems likely that 
the "horse" will continue to push. 

Catholicism remains the strong dictatorship with a 
rigidly regimented membership, but the Protestant 
church presents a spectacle of utter weakness and con- 

"The just shall live by faith," became the basis for one 
Reformation! What we need today is another if we 
desire to avoid the same persecution as the early church. 

Clayhole, Ky., Sunday school groups. 


1. For the Father (John 5:30; 14:31; 17:4). 

2. For the lost (Luke 10:30-35; 19:1-10). 

3. For the saints (Eph. 5:25; Gal. 2:20; John 14:23; 13:1). 


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YAKIMA, WASH., Rev. Russell Williams, pastor. 

Our Sunday school and the Spokane Sunday school 
are engaged in a friendly contest to boost the attend- 
ance. To date it is almost a tie. 

We are looking forward to the series of meetings with 
Bro. Charles Ashman in February. 

CLAYHOLE, KY., Rev. Sewell S. Landrum, pastor. 

Clayhole is still on the map. We had a good day yes- 
terday with 170 present for Sunday school. The average 
for the past three Sundays was 181. 

Button, missionary. 
From December 28 to January 11 we contacted 500 
homes, of which 335 were Jewish. This is a picture of 
the need of the Messianic Witness in Los Angeles. We 
expect to get the Bible class, prayer meetings, and chil- 
dren's work started within a week or two. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA., Rev. M. Leon Myers, pastor. 
Things are going exceptionally well here in Martins- 
burg. We have broken all existing records as far as 
attendance is concerned. Our former record was 91, 
but last Sunday we had 108 for morning worship serv- 
ice, .causing us to borrow chairs. Although we have 
moved three times in six months, God has blessed us 
with a record attendance and with the completed plans. 
We are looking forward to having a permanent new 
church home. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF., Rev. George Richardson, pas- 
The BelMower Home Mission offering went over the 
top again with over a 40-per-cent increase above last 
year's offering. I think it would break my heart to fall 
behind and not have an increase each year. I hope and 
pray others are showing a fine increase this year. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX., Rev. Ruhel Lucero, mis- 
Ruth Lucero and her father have given in memory of 
the mother and wife, Mrs. K. M. Buehman, the lots for 
a Brethren church here in Albuquerque. The basement 
is finished and services are being held in it. I will con- 
tinue to build above the ground as funds are made avail- 
able. Your financial help wUl be appreciated. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF., Rev. Gene Farrell, pastor. 

One girl has definitely decided to go to the "regions 
beyond." Six were baptized at a recent service. Three 
much-needed Bible school teachers have been raised up. 
God gave us our best Bible school attendance last Lord's 
Day. He is bringing in new people to almost every 
service, so we are forced to say, "This is the Lord's 

A Navaho Indian girl and her dolly, thanks to Breth- 
ren Christmas gifts. 

Methodist Mission School at Farmington. N. Mex. 

Indian hogans where Missionary Dorothy Dunbar 
held some of her early services in New Mexico. 

»_ •4^^..- . .. -3? 

Group outside our new mission building at Counselor, 
N. Mex., during Miss Dunbar's Christmas program. 

February 18, 1950 



Dear Christian Friends, 

The day had been one of breath-taking beauty. We 
were well on our way when the sun came up over the 
rim of the desert, scattering bright rays of color before 
us and touching upon the snow-capped mountains in 
the distance. It was a day of sun, of snow, of heat, of 
cold. The vastness and beauty of the Painted Desert 
held us in awe; the historical Petrified Forest piqued 
our curiosity about its beginning; and yet back of it all 
was our own Father. We were reminded much of 
John 1:3. 

As we crossed the Colorado River this same day and 
entered the Golden State of California, we wondered 
what the future held for us. In answer to our prayers He 
had guided us here and there was peace in our hearts. 
Somewhere in the city of Los Angeles were thousands of 
Jewish souls who knew not our Lord, their Messiah. It 
was for us to seek out these lost sheep of the House of 
Israel and try, with His help, to show them their 

We spent the night in Barstow, continuing on to Los 
Angeles in the morning. Instead of arriving in bright 
sunshine we came right along with a rainstoiTn. In spite 
of all the fabulous tales I had heard about Los Angeles 
and in spite of the fact that I heard it never rained 
there, I found it to be a completely fascinating city. The 
first Sunday found us attending the First Brethren 
Church in Inglewood. We didn't feel at all like stran- 
gers. In fact, everyone was so lovely to us we felt as 
though we belonged there. Being a mother, I was par- 
ticularly delighted with the modern nursery where I 
deposited my youngest in capsble hands and for the 
first time in over a year, really heard the sermon. 

At last the big day arrived. We were up early and 
had our devotions, then waited impatiently for 9 o'clock. 
To approach people earlier than this is to invite disaster. 
However, with the sun shining brightly, Mr. Button and 
I started out together. After several calls it was evi- 
dent that while California weather is perfect for this 
type of work, California architecture is not so advanta- 
geous. Upon ringing the bell the lady of the house 
comes to the door, but instead of opening it she peers 
out at you from a little grille in the door that is just 
about eye level. "Yes?" she asks, as only a Jewish per- 
son C3n. We ask if Jewish people live there and when 
she answers yes we ask her if she can read Yiddish. 
Most of them admit sheepishly they cannot, so we hold 
up a copy of the "Mediator" with the English side show- 
ing and tell her it is a paper written by Jewish people 
for Jewish people about a Jewish Messiah and if she 
will read it we will be back again and talk with her 
about it. If she shows any sign of interest on this first 
visit we talk with her then; if she does not accept it at 
all we leave a copy in the door because in most cases 
her curiosity will compel her to read it after we have 
gone. It is quite amusing to be out of sight back of a 
hedge or tree and hear the door open and close at the 
house you have just left. Our main object on this first 
visit is to make ourselves known and pave the way for 
further visitation. 

After the fii-st 10 days of visitation, on a Satui-day I 
was engaged in a round of never-ending housework 

when I noticed from time to time that people were pass- 
ing the house. Their manner was casual until they were 
even with the large front window, and then they looked 
in. After this happened several times I decided these 
people surely weren't looking in every large window 
they passed and so came to the conclusion they were 
reading our paper and were curious about the words 
"The Brethren Messianic Witness, 469 North Kings 
Road, Los Angeles, Calif." 

And so, dear friends, pray for us and for these needy 
people. How they need Christ! Their very eyes mirror 
their dissatisfied hearts. So far they have not been 
antagonistic toward us and we feel that much of this is 
due to your prayers. Today our daughter, Sandra, came 
home from school with a story about her new friend 
who is Jewish. She asked Sandra to accompany her to 
the show on Saturday afternoon, to which Sandra an- 
swered that she couldn't go. Myrna asked her why she 
couldn't go and Sandra replied she didn't think the Lord 
would want her to go to the show. Myrna said. "Who is 
He?" It seems typical of their lack of knowledge. 

But the Lord is able and He has promised to do ex- 
ceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. 
Already we have had requests for two New Testaments. 
That we are becoming known and that the purpose of 
the mission is being discussed is very evident from the 
manner in which people greet us and look after us as 
we pass by. However, if the Lord's work is to prosper 
with regard to the salvation of Jewish souls, it can only 
be done through the prayer support of the people of the 
Brethren Church. Pray that the Lord will do a mighty 
work in the Fairfax District to the glory of His name. 
Pray that the testimony going forth shall be brief, and 
to the point, and that it shall be given out with the firm 
conviction it is the Word of God. Pray that the ears of 
these people shall be made to hear and their eyes made 
to see and their hearts made to understand, so they may 
receive the Lord as their Messiah and Saviour. 

Yours in His Name, 

Leanore Button. 


God's Requirements. 
A. Willingly (Ex. 25:2). 
Cheerfully (II Cor. 9:7). 
According to ability (Deut. 16:17). 
Systematically (I Cor. 16:1, 2). 
Purposefully (II Cor. 9:7). 
Proportionately (Lev. 27:30). 
Worshipfully (Prov. 3:9). 
God's Promises. 
A. Liberal souls made fat (Prov. 11:25). 
Bountiful eye blessed (Prov. 22:9). 
Windows of heaven opened (Mai. 3:10). 
Good measure (Luke 6:38). 
Bountiful harvest (II Cor. 9:6). 
Full barns (Prov. 3:10). 
More blessed (Acts 20:35). 
("Benjamin R. DeJong in Moody Monthly) 




The Brethren Missionary Herald 

An Interesting Letter 

[Editor's note: We felt that the following letter might 
be of interest to two classes. First, those who are torn 
between their loyalty to the Lord and His Word and a 
sentimental, traditional cormection with any modern- 
istic denominational program. Second, to those of our 
own church who are true to the faith in further estab- 
lishing their allegiance to the infallible Word of God. 

Unfortunate as this situation may seem, it is being re- 
peated many times over in denominational circles and is 
a sign of the rapidly increasing apostasy just preceding 
the rapture of the Church.] 

Hummelstown, Pa. 
January 4, 1950. 
To the Congregaion of Big Swatara, 
Church of the Brethren, 
Through the Official Board. 
Dear Brethren: — 

Your Elder-in-charge has informed me that he desires 
me to meet with the District Ministerial Board in order 
to clear up some matters regarding church relationships 
and activities. I do not believe this effort would prove 
fruitful. I do. not wish to submit to it; I do not desire to 
be arbitrary or stubborn, but refuse this ordeal for good 
and logical reasons. An effort of this kind could only 
end in a compromise which would be Christ-dishonor- 

The Lord has given me definite convictions through 
the years which are firmly based on the Word of God, 
and, therefore, I do not deem it fitting that men should 
rule over the consciences of others in matters that are 
clearly taught in the Word of God which are sound and 
spiritual in principle. 

The gap between many church leaders and Bible- 
believing Christians is too wide today to hope for any 
satisfactory adjustment of the many evident differences. 

I cannot support a program that parallels idol wor- 
shippers with Christ, end honored leaders of the Church 
of the Brethren hold Ghandi high. I cannot support a 
program that tolerates, preaches, and often majors in the 
un-Scriptural doctrine of the Universal Fatherhood of 
God and the Universal Brotherhood of Man, thus nulli- 
fying the teaching of Christ, "Ye must be born again." 
I cannot support the system that intimidates and throt- 
tles individuals who preach the truth, and welcomes into 
its activities men who do not believe in the vital doc- 
trines of the Christian faith. I cannot support a pro- 
gram that makes loyalty to the leadership a test instead 
of loyalty to the Word and to the Lord Jesus Christ, i. e., 
if I am loyal to the leadership of the church and their 
program, I can go to the world's movies, theaters, roller 
skating rinks, live selfishly, all without losing my honor 
as a church member. I cannot support a program that 
spends multiplied thousands for church plants and 
equipment, and spends only hundreds for evangelization. 
I cannot support a work, conscientiously, that minimizes 
the saving grace of God for lost sinners by adding some 
of our works to His grace, which is legalism, or the de- 
nial of our need of salvation by upholding the dignity 
of man, which is a tenet of modernism. 

Therefore, because of the futility of any effort to effect 
reconciliation without compromise, and because of the 
fickleness and apostasy of many within the church body 
who at one time had convictions concerning the world- 

ward trend of the church, and because of a definite lead- 
ing of the Lord in this matter, and because I am willing, 
yes, glad, to count all things but loss and refuse that I 
may win Christ (Phil. 3:8), and because the Lord is gra- 
ciously providing opportunities for service that will bring 
honor to His precious name, 1, therefore, hereby tender 
my resignation of office and membership in the Church 
of the Brethren, totally, unreservedly, and finally. This 
includes also the membership of the undersigned of my 
family who have been members of the Church of the 
Brethren. This is to be effective at the time of this 
writing, January 4, 1950. 

Signed: Ulysses L. Gingrich 
Mary C. Gingrich 
Glenn W. Gingrich 
Gerald U. Gingrich 
James M. Gingrich 


By W. E. Biederwolf 

1. Because it will send you forth to the daily task 
with cheerful heart, stronger for the work, truer to duty, 
and determined in whatever is done therein to glorify 

2. Because it will give you strength to meet the dis- 
couragements, the disappointments, the unexpected ad- 
versities, and sometimes the blighted hopes that may fall 
to your lot. 

3. Because it will make you conscious throughout the 
day of the attending presence of an unseen divine One, 
who will bring you through more than conqueror over 
every unholy thought or thing that rises up against you. 

4. Because it will sweeten life and enrich home rela- 
tionship as nothing else can do. 

5. Because it will resolve all the misunderstanding 
and relieve all the friction that sometimes intrudes into 
the sacred precincts of family life. 

6. Because it will hold as nothing else the boys and 
girls when they have gone out from beneath the parental 
roof, and so determine very largely the eternal salvation 
of your children. 

7. Because it will exert a helpful, hallowed influence 
over those who may at any time be guests within the 

8. Because it will enforce as nothing else can do the 
work of your pastor in pulpit and pew, and stimulate the 
life of your church in its every activity. 

9. Because it will furnish an example and a stimulus 
to other homes for the same kind of life and service and 
devotion to God. 

10. Because the Word of God requires it, and in thus 
obeying God we honor Him who is the Giver of all good 
and the source of all blessing. — The Family Altar League. 

(Heb. 2:3) 

1. The greatness of Him who mediates it (1:4). 

2. The method employed (2:10). 

3. The results — many sons being brought to glory (2:10). 

(Expositor's Greek Testament) 

February 18, 1950 


Rev. William H. Schaffer has been 
elected publicity committee chair- 
man by the Inland Empire Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals. He was also 
made a member of the School of the 
Bible board. He has accepted a 
unanimous call from the Spokane 
church to serve as pastor for another 

The Clayhole, Ky., Sunday school 
reports an average attendance of 166 
for the past year, with a high of 190. 

Three records were broken at the 
Mansfield, Ohio, church January 29: 
the largest attendance for regular 
Sunday morning worship outside of 
Easter and Rally Day, with 231; the 
largest offering in a single day, 
$700.09; and the eighth consecutive 
Sunday on which souls came to the 
Lord in a public decision, making 28 
public decisions in those eight 

The new choir director at the First 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., is Ben 
Allen, who has been associated with 
the Old Fashioned Revival Hour 
program. Mrs. Wallace Lyall, the 
new organist, was fonnerly with 
Percy Crawford's program. Mrs. 
Myranna Coon has served as choir 
director for 15 years, and Mrs. Mary 
Miller has been organist for 17 years. 

This is a final reminder that the 
Tract Writing Contest closes Feb- 
ruary 28. Though the time is short, 
there is still time to win one of the 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Washington 20. D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanolie 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

fine prizes being offered by the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 

Rev. Charles Ashman, Jr., new 
pastor at Rittman, Ohio, reports at 
least one decision for Chi-ist each 
Sunday morning during the first 
three weeks of his ministry. 

Rev. Edward Miller and family left 
Winona Lake February 11 to go to 
theh- new work in BrazO. 

In evangelistic meetings at Clay 
City, Ind., led by Dr. R. L. Rossman, 
"souls were saved, backsliders re- 
stored, and believers strengthened 
through the ministry of the Word." 
There was an attendance of 92 at 
the closing service. 

Bible school attendance reached 
192 at Fort Wayne, Ind., January 29, 
and there were 150 in the morning 
service and 102 in the evening. Rev. 
L. L. Grubb will be the evangelist at 
Fort Wayne March 27 to April 9. 

Dates for the revival meetings at 
the First Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., have been changed to Feb- 
ruary 19-26. Rev. Archie Lynn is 
the evangelist, and JLmmie Davis the 
song leader. A Sunday morning at- 
tendance of 244 on January 22 was a 
new record at the church for a reg- 
ular morning service. 

Youth Director Ralph Colhurn was 
at Bryan University February 15-17, 
and he plans to be at Bob Jones 
University February 18-21. There 
are approximately 50 Brethren stu- 
dents at B. J. U. this year. The 
Youth Fellowship is offering five- 
and ten-dollar gifts for usable pro- 
gram material and ideas for B.Y.F. 
or C.E. meetings. Write to Brother 
Colburn, Box 617, Winona Lake, 
Ind., for details. 

At Canton, Ohio, there were six 
confessions of faith in January. 

Rev. Russell Barnard, foreign mis- 
sions secretary, left Winona Lake 
February 3 for a six-week trip to 
visit the churches in the eastern part 
of the country. 

Plans are being made to establish 
a Bible institute in Roanoke, Va. 
The Jewish missions offering of the 
Roanoke church was $687.79, and the 
Home Mission offering of $1,934 was 
the highest in the history of the 
Ghent church. 

The Third Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., hopes to burn the second 
mortgage on the church parsonage 
this month. On January 1 they 
owed more than $3,400 on it, but 
several gifts have been received 
which reduced the debt to $200 be- 

fore the end of January. Rev. R. I. 
Humberd will hold a Bible confer- 
ence in this church March 3-5, and 
Rev. George Richardson will be the 
evangelist March 26 to April 9. 

The average Sunday school at- 
tendance in January at Lake Odessa, 
Mich., was 63, with 64 at the mom- 
Lng service, contrary to the usual 
winter slump. Though this church 
did not formerly hold Sunday eve- 
ning or prayer meeting services, the 
January averages were 25 and 21 

Evangelist C. H. Ashman reports 
from Yakima, Wash., that the ex- 
tremely cold weather was a serious 
hindrance to the evangelistic meet- 
ings there. He says, "This is the 
longest, coldest period in the history 
of this valley, according to report." 

The walls, roof, and flooring have 
been completed on the portable 
church being erected at Berrien 
Springs, Mich. Pastor Arthur Cash- 
man and his congregation hope to be 
meeting in the new building soon. 

Dr. Louis T. Talbot will speak and 
show his pictures of Japan at the 
Whittier, Calif., church Wednesday 
evening, Februai-y 22. 

Rev. and Mrs. Ben Hamilton ex- 
pect to arrive in New York from 
Africa April 3. 

Twenty-five teachers and officers 
of the Sunday school of the First 
Church, Philadelphia, Pa., partici- 
pated in a recent day of fasting and 
prayer for revival. 

Miss Groce Pollard, charter mem- 
ber of the church in Waterloo, Iowa, 
died at StrawbeiTy Point, Iowa, 
February 2. 

A new feature is planned for next 
week's Herald — a chorus of the 
month. These choruses are written 
by Brethren people, tested for sing- 
ability by Ralph Colburn, and har- 
monized by Charles Bergerson. 

Rev. Marvin Goodman, Jr., and 
family will sail from New York Feb- 
ruary 23 for France, stopping there 
for a while before continuing on to 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy and family 
plan to leave Argentina today, Feb- 
ruary 18, flying to America for fur- 

Rev. L. L. Gruhb has returned to 
his home from the hospital, and is 
recovering rapidly. 

Grace Seminary students are co- 
operating with members of the Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., church in making a 
survey of the local community and 
doing personal work. 


The Brethren Missiortary Herald 

Just What Has 
Jesus Done to 
The Law? 


(Excerpts from, an address delivered to the students and 
faculty of Grace Theological Seminary, October 20, 1949) 

One of the fixed and settled points 
of the Bible is the fact of divine law 
— that we live in a world of order; 
that God is the author of that order; 
that the essential character of that 
order is moral — in a word that there 
are some things right and some 
things wrong, and that simply be- 
cause, in accordance with the nature 
of things, God has declared them so. 

Long ago, God began to reveal His 
truth to men. When men wrote it 
down and finished the first section 
of it they called it simply "The 
Law," that is, the "Law of Moses." 
Then some prophets came who ex- 
plained it and urged obedience to it. 
The record of their words was added 
to the first, and when they had fin- 
ished their portion, their book was 
called "The Prophets." Together, 
"the Law and the Prophets" formed 
what in modern times is called the 
Old Testament. But however di- 
vided, all of it was divine revelation 
concerning the moraJ will of God, 
and so we are not surprised that 
pious people came to call the entire 
Bible simply 'The Law." 

Then one day Jesus came, just as 
the prophets had said He would. 
There were some of His people who 
hoped He would do away with the 
old Law. They cited Jeremiah 31: 
31, the rabbins say, to prove that He 
would. Others were so wedded to 
the letter of the Law and to their 
ovwi particular interpretations of it 
that they were ready to kill the man 
who would suggest any tampering 
with even the current views of the 
Law, much less the Law itself. 

February 18, 1950 

So, we are not surprised to find 
that in the very opening period of 
His ministry our Lord settled His 
own relation to the Law, once for 
all, and forever. May I submit His 
statement on the subject? 

"Think not that I am come to de- 
stroy the law, or the prophets: I am 
not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 
For verily I say unto you, Till heav- 
en and earth pass, one jot or one 
tittle shall in no wise pass from the 
law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever 
therefore shall break one of thess 
least commandments, and shall teach 
men so, he shall be called the least 
in the kingdom of heaven: but who- 
soever shall do and teach them, the 
same shall be called great in the 
kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:17-19). 

These words were not spoken to 
the world of ungodly men as in- 
structions in the way to be saved. 
They were spoken to His disciples. 
Jesus is not placing salvation on a 
basis of personal righteousness. That, 
God has never done, as Paul goes to 
some length to prove in the third 
chapter of Galatians. He is pointing 

Prof. Culver 

out that God saves men from "their 
sins, not in them. 

Now let us direct our full atten- 
tion upon our Lord's leading state- 
ment, "Think not that I am come to 
destroy the law, or the prophets: I 
am not come to destroy, but to ful- 
fil" (vs. 17). Just what did our Lord 
mean? It will help us to examine 
the words. "To destroy" is the word 
kataluo, literally, to loose down. But . 
more frequently it means to throw 
down, destroy, dissolve, abolish. 
This, said Jesus, He did not come to 
do. "But to fulfil" — these last words 
in the verse translate the aorist ac- 
tive infinitive of ple-ro-o. This is 
the most important word in the en- 
tire declaration, for it sets forth just 
what Jesus came to do to the Law, 
or the Old Testament. 

We are not left with the slightest 
uncertainty, for in the very next 
verse Jesus equates it to "the com- 
ing into being of that which had not 
been before." Hear Him: "Till heav- 
en and earth pass, one jot or tittle 
shall in no wise pass from the law, 
till all be fulfilled." Here the Greek 
word is not pleroo. It is ginomai, the 
word usually translated "to become" 
or "to come to pass." 

This, then, was Jesus' purpose in 
coming into the world — to bring to 
pass everything that the Law and 
the Prophets required. If this is 
true, then the New Testament ought 
to show how He did it — and it does. 

By Perfect Obedience 

In the first place, our Lord ful- 
filled the Law of Moses, and the ex- 
position of the same in the rest of 



the Old Testament, by perfectly 
obeying it. 

This was specifically predicted in 
the Old Testament. Isaiah 42:21 
says of Him, ". . . he will magnify 
the law, and make it honourable." 
This clear purpose of fully obeying 
the Law appears often in His actions. 
John the Baptist remonstrated at the 
prospect of baptizing Him, but Jesus 
said, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus 
it becometh us to fulfil all righteous- 
ness" (Matt. 3:15). 

All the powers of the underworld 
were marshaled to get Him to dis- 
obey that Law. But never had the 
Law of God been made so honorable 
before. David loved it, but he broke 
it. Daniel read it, but admitted that 
he did not keep it* Jeremiah 
preached it, but when sent to find a 
man who kept it, he came home ut- 
terly disappointed. 

Because He honored the Law of 
God, the God of the Law honored 
Him. The Psalm says of Him (Psa. 
45:7): "Thou lovest righteousness, 
and ha test wickedness; therefore 
God, thy God, hath anointed thee 
with the oil of gladness above thy 

By Paying Its Claims in Full 

In the second place, our Lord ful- 
filled the Law and the prophets by 
His death on the cross, whereby He 
paid in full all the claims of the Law 
against those who have broken it. 

This purpose in His coming is de- 
clared almost every time the New 
Testament raises the subject of His 
coming (Matt. 20:28; John 1:29; 
Rom. 8:32). The relation of it all to 
the Law is made very explicit in 
Romans 10:4 where Paul states that 
"Christ is the end of the law for 
righteousness to every one that be- 

A part of this same great truth is 
that in paying the penalty of the 
Law for me Christ provided for me 
the very righteousness the Law says 
I must have. With Paul I cry that I 
am "found in him, not having mine 
own righteousness, which is of the 
law, but that which is through the 
faith of Christ" (PhU. 3:9). 

By Realization of the Promises 

There is a third distinct aspect of 
our Lord's work in fulfilling every 
jot and tittle of the Law and Proph- 
ets. It is that wherein He brought 
to full realization every one of the 

There are two kinds of predictions 
in the Old Testament. The first we 
generally call predictive prophecy, 


the second, typology. Jesus com- 
pletely fulfilled both of these lines 
of prediction. One does not proceed 
far in reading the New Testament 
until he becomes familiar with the 
fact that most of His recorded deeds 
were "that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken by the prophets," 

In reference to the types, we learn 
that He was the Passover sacrifice, 
the burnt-offering, the peace-offer- 
ing, the meal-offering, the sin-offer- 
ing, and the trespass-offering. He 
was the scape-goat, and the priest 
who sent him away. He was the 
offerer, the priest, the altar, the in- 
cense, the shew-bread; both the 
shekinah and the mercy-seat, and 
even the Tabernacle itself. When 
Jesus died He cried out with a loud 
voice, "It is finished!" (tetelestai). 
What was finished? The typology 
of the entire Levitical system. He 
did the system honor by fulfilling its 
most minute detaUs. 

By Finishing and Perfecting the 
Old Testament Revelation 

There is still a fourth fact that 
must have been in the mind of Jesus 
when He said "fulfil." He came to 
finish and perfect the Old Testament 
revelation of the moral will of God. 

I do not mean that the Old Testa- 
ment was in error, that there was 
any flaw in it. What I do mean is 
that in two respects it was incom- 
plete as a revelation of the moral 
will of God. 

It was unfinished, because it left 
unsaid some things that Israel was 
not prepared to hear. There were 
concessions made to the weakness of 
Israel. We see that in the law on 
divorce, which Jesus enlarged and 

And He perfected that which was 
finished by putting it before the 
people in its proper relation, its 
spiritual relation. Jesus explained 
that obedience to the letter is not 
enough; there must be obedience to 
the spirit of it (Matt. 5:27, 28). This 
is what we mean when we say that 
Jesus finished and perfected the 
Law: He finished it by "filling up to 
the brim" that which was lacking by 
way of information about the wOl of 
God. He perfected it by giving it a 
truly spiritual interpretation. 

By Enabling Believers to Keep It 

The fifth sense in which Jesus ful- 
filled the Law is that, by His Holy 
Spirit, He enables the believer to 

keep the very Law which nailed 
Him to the cruel tree. 

The Law had a weakness — the 
weakness of the flesh. God prom- 
ised that He would strengthen that 
flesh. Jeremiah prophesied (31:33), 
"After those days, saith the Lord, I 
will put my law in their inward 
parts, and write it in their hearts." 
Hebrews 10:16 declares that this 
prophecy is being fulfilled (in part 
only, I think) in believers in the 
present age, and Romans 8:1-4 tells 
us how it happens: ". . . That the 
righteousness of the law might be 
fulfilled in us . . ." 

Oh, my brethren! How prone we 
are to excuse ourselves on the basis 
of the weakness of the flesh. It is 
true that in our flesh "dwelleth no 
good thing." "But ye are not in the 
flesh, but in the Spirit" (Rom. 8:9). 
Something new has been added. 
This new nature is what Jeremiah 
and the author of Hebrews are talk- 
ing about when they say the Law is 
planted in our hearts and written on 
fleshly tablets. 

But here we need to drop a warn- 
ing: the Law of God is not written 
there as information. Information, 
as such, cTnnot be infused into the 
mind or heart. If it could be we 
might dispense with Bible study, 
Sunday school, church instruction, 
study of Greek and Hebrew, and 
even with theological seminaries! 
No! The Law of God is written 
there as disposition — disposition to 
learn and perform the will of God. 

And how does this new disposi- 
tion, the new nature, operate to "ful- 
fil the righteousness of the law"? 
By learning the wfll of God. And 
where do we learn the will of God? 
In the Bible — in all its parts, from 
Genesis to Revelation! 

Even the Holy Spirit cannot in- 
form us as to the will of God unless 
we go to the place He leads for the 
information. Exodus 20 gives a 
summary of the will of God on moral 
questions. The Sermon on the 
Mount gives God's law about oath- 
taking, about evil thoughts, and 
about settlement of disputes. But 
the church will go right on with the 
way of the world unless it reads, be- 
lieves, and follows it. 

What am I saying? I am saying 
that Christians should fulfill the 
righteousness of the Law — that they 
should fulfill it by keeping it. In- 
deed, only those who know that the 
Law can never hurt them are capa- 
ble of obeying the spirit of the Law. 
The Law is not against us any more: 
it's on our side! 

The Brethren Missiortary Herald 


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Many people have invested some- 
thing of their time and interest in 
the present ministry of Rev. True L. 
Hunt, pastor of the church in Dallas 
Center, Iowa. To begin with, he had 
the advantage of having Christian 
pirents and being a member of a 
Christiin family. His father died 
when True was about 10 years old. 
At about that time his older sister 
led him to the Lord by inviting him 
to go forward in a revival meeting 
being held in a United Brethren 
church near Geneva, Indiana. 

Following the death of his father. 
True, together with his mother and 
sister, moved to the home of Rev. 
and Mrs. John Parr, of Berne, Ind. 
(Mrs. Parr is his mother's sister.) 
Under Brother Parr's faithful min- 
istry he was led into the Brethren 
Church and to a consideration of 
full-time service. 

One night after Brother Hunt had 
spoken in the Berne church at a lay- 
men's meeting. Rev. R. Paul Miller 
talked to him about the ministry. 
Then his pastor. Rev. William H. 
Schaffer, encouraged him and helped 
him to start to college. 

At Bob Jones College True Hunt 
took part in all snorts and spent his 
week-ends preaching and teaching 
the Word. After his graduation in 
1946 he enrolled st Grace Seminary 
where he continued preaching quite 
regularly. He was Senior Class 
president, graduating from the Sem- 
inary in 1949. He was ordained to 
the Brethren ministry May 29. 1949, 
at his home church, the Bethel 
church near Berne, Ind , with Elders 
McClain, Gehman. and Aebv partic- 
ipating in the service. He be?an his 
present pastorate at Dallas Center, 
Iowa, June 25, 1949. 

Being left fatherless when he was 
still a small boy, True Hunt prepared 
for the ministry the hard way, by 
working his way through. As a boy 
he worked on his uncle's farm. At 
the age of 17 he began to drive a 
milk truck. Four years later he 
was a fabric cutter in a furniture 
factory. During his college and 
seminary days he worked at many 
different jobs. 

Lucille, his wife, is also from 
Berne. She was ordained a deacon- 
ess at the same time he was or- 

dained to the ministry. They have 
a daughter, Janet Beth, who will 
be a year old February 25. 

True Hunt was born in Jay Coun- 
ty, Indiana, January 20, 1917, is 5 
feet 11 inches tall, weighs 209 
pounds, and has blue eyes and 
brown hair. 


Three thousand professions of 
f?ith were received in two weeks at 
the Billy Graham meetings in Bos- 
ton. On the last ni^ht of the meet- 
ings 14,000 people gathered in Bos- 
ton Gardens, and 10,000 more were 
turned away; there were 1,500 deci- 
sions in the after-meeting. 

The meetings were closed January 
16 because of the lack of a suitable 
meeting place. But the team, in- 
cluding Billy Graham, Cliff Barrows, 
Grady Wilson, Beverly Shea, and 
Carleton Booth, will return in late 
March and April. 


Dr. Hyman J. Appelman has signed 
a contract with Radio Luxembourg 
enabling him to preach the Gospel a 
half hour each week on this 200,000- 
watt station. Covering 82 per cent 
of the continent of Europe, the sta- 
tion has a potential audience of 34,- 
000,000 people. The Gospel pro- 
grams will be broadcast in English, 
Russian, German, and Yiddish. 


Our good friend, R. I. Humberd, 
is an inveterate personal worker and 
has some inspiring experiences. 
Some weeks ago he was in Cam- 
bridge, Ohio. As he was sipping an 
ice-cream soda in a store, a man 
entered and stood by his side. As 
usual, Mr. Humberd slipped him a 
salvation tract. 

The man began reading it imme- 
diately and when he had finished, 
Mr. Humberd spoke to him of sal- 
vation. He found the stranger was 
interested. It seemed he had re- 
cently been reading a New Testa- 
ment and had been thinking deeply. 
Within a few minutes Mr. Humberd 
had put before him several salvation 
passages and willingly the man ac- 
cepted Jesus Christ as his personal 

It was then that Mr. Humberd 
learned that the man was a Navy 
intelligence officer just returned 
from a trip that took him behind the 
"Iron Curtain." He had been on a 
search for an American flyer who 
had disappeared. 

As the two talked of the significant 
events of these days, it turned out 
that this man knew considerable of 
Bible prophecy concerning Palestine 
and the latter-day picture given by 
Ezekiel when Russia and her satel- 
lites will descend upon the rich re- 
sources of Palestine. How did he 
know of these things? Writes our 
friend, "He told me I would be sur- 
prised to learn how much of Bible 
prophecy our government has in its 
files and the consideration that is 
often given to these things. It was 
this fact which had first aroused his 
interest in the Bible." — Prophecy 

Pastor Arnold Krieghaum was 
guest sneaker at the tenth anniver- 
sary of Pastor Rodney Gould of Cal- 
vary Baptist Church of Cedar Rap- 
ids, February 3. 


The Assemblies of God dedicated 
a converted B-17 Flying Fortress 
January 15 at Springfield, Mo., for 
missionary service in all parts of the 
world. The new "Ambassador," a 
four-engine plane, replaces another, 
smaller one which flew 1,723,000 
passenger miles, touching 30 coun- 
tries. Trips to Africa, India, and 
the Caribbean are already sched- 
uled for the new plane. 

february 18. 1950 




The other day I read a grocery list 
fi-om Brazil. The first word that 
topped the list was "Mother." In 
fact every list found from there had 
that important word first. Boys and 
guis, did you ever think what home 
would be like without Mother? 

I know two girls who are learning 
that it isn't too easy to do the things 
that Mother always did. Isn't that 
right, Jean and Janice? 

Take for instance when it comes 
to baking a pie. In a certain Bra- 
zilian kitchen there were two girls 
making a lemon pie for their Daddy. 
They started it just before supper. 
They left it to bake during supper. 
But the maid didn't watch the fire 
and let it go out. As a result, when 
the pie was served to their Daddy, 
he said, "Overlooking the burnt 
crust, too lemony lemon part, and 
white meringue peaks, it was very 
good"! At least the girls tried, and 
I don't think that Daddy wUl ever 
forget that delicious pie. 

Say, if you are looking for some 
muscles, why don't you pay Jean 
and Janice a visit. They declare 
that they have lots — thanks to their 
water pump — although the muscles 
are coming painfully. 

WhUe Mother is gone the girls 
don't have school. So their day is 
spent watching the big ships go up 
and down the river, watching the 
bulls fight in their front yard, and 
cooking for Daddy. Oh yes, they 
read and play games. Besides that 
they help their Daddy as much as 
they can in giving out the Gospel to 
those who have never heard. 

Other missionaries come visit the 
girls. And they do very well enter- 
taining. One guest has already 
given the girls his three-star recom- 
mendation for their cooking. Only 
all their guests aren't people. One 
day a nanny goat and her little 
daughter came right up to the front 
door. When they were invited into 
the house, they refused and ran 


away. Now was that polite? Also 
the cute little lizards that walk 
around the ceiling love to visit the 
girls. They don't run away. They 
just stay on the ceiling. I bet when 
Mother returns home those lizards 
will know that their welcome has 
worn out. 

Janice will make a good cook — but 
her poor fingers! Once while she 
was making a roast, potatoes, amd 
carrots in the Wearever, she burned 
her index and middle fingers with 
steam. That was bad enough. But 
two days later she burned the same 
two fingers trying to lift a makeshift 
lid on the soup. The roast was worth 
the two burnt fingers, but the soup 
wasn't — 'cause the pea soup was too 
salty and the peas were hard. 

Now the banana cream pie was 
good. Only instead of using the 
regular pie pan she used a deeper 
Pyrex pan. So it sort of messed 
when she tried to dish it out. Oh 
well, pie eaten with a spoon is good. 

The girls have some wonderful 
neighbors. Why, just the other day 
they sent the girls some fruit, a big 
plate of bananas, and a hind leg of 
a pig which they had butchered. To 
continue being neighborly, Jean and 
Janice made some cup cakes. But 
the cup cakes were hard to get out 
in one piece. So they iced them 
right in the muffin tins and took 
them next door. It wouldn't be the 
girls' fault if the neighbors couldn't 
get the cup cakes out right! 

Such is the life in Brazil without 
Mother. This is only Penny's opinion, 
but I would say that Jean and Janice 
Altig are real pioneer missionary 
girls. Keeping the home fires burn- 
ing for their Daddy while their 
mother and brother are in America 
is a real job. Let's continue to pray 
for them. Why not write to them? 


Rev. Foster Tresise 

By Rev. Robert D. Crees 
Los Angeles, Calij. 

This article is to introduce to the 
Brethren Church a young man who. 
is ready to preach the Word wher- 
ever God calls. Foster Tresise took 
three years of post-graduate work 
in business methods following his 
high-school graduation. Last June 
he graduated from the four-year 
seminary course of the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles, receiving the 
Bachelor of Theology degree. For 
over a year he has been the pastor 
of a community church at Redondo 
Beach, Calif. 

His wife is a graduate nurse and 
finished the Christian Education 
course at the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. They have no children. 

Foster is 35 years of age, is an 
excellent personal worker and fine 
Bible teacher. He is a licensed 
Brethren minister and a member of 
the Third Brethren Church of Los 
Angeles. He loves the Word and 
loves people, and his desire is to 
preach in a small Brethren church, 
as the Lord shall direct and call. 
His address is 943 W. 11th Place, Los 
Angeles 15, Calif. Ministers who 
know him best are Walter Lepp, 
Galen Lingenfelter, Thomas Ham- 
mers, Elias White, and the vwiter. 


We suggest the tithe. Abraham 
commenced it (Gen. 14:19, 20). Ja- 
cob continued it (Gen. 28:20-22). 
Moses confirmed it (Lev. 27:30-34). 
Malachi commanded it (Mai. 3:8-10). 
Christ commended it (Mark 12:41- 
44). Do you practice it? Everyone 
who tithes wUl tell you the nine- 
tenths goes farther — it really does! 
Won't you try it this year?. — Bulle- 
tin, Second Church, Long Beach, 
Calif. . . 


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If there is one virtue needed above 
others for Christian living it is this 
one — faithfulness. Time and again 
I hear it. A promising young per- 
son is elected to an office in his 
B. Y. F. and he starts out swell to 
assume his responsibilities. But 
pretty soon he becomes negligent. 
Doesn't arrive on time, or doesn't 
arrive at all. Maybe he went away, 
and just didn't get back on time. 
Maybe he went to another church 
with a girl he got interested in. 
Maybe he was just too tired. But 
whatever the excuse, it boils down 
to this — he was unfaithful to the re- 
sponsibility to which he was called. 

God deserves and demands our 
best. Nothing short of that will 
really please and glorify Him. No 
matter how humble, or how seem- 
ingly unimportant our task may be, 
let's be faithful. "Yes, but nobody 
else is doing much about it, either," 
you say. That doesn't excuse you. 
You are not responsible for their 
attitudes or conduct. You are re- 
sponsible for your job. Be faithful 
in it. "Moreover it is required in 
stewards, that a man be found faith- 
ful" (I Cor. 4:2). And Jesus prom- 
ised that he who was faithfxil in little 
things would be made ruler over 
great things. 

Don't let it be said of you that you 
were not dependable. God has an 
even stronger word for it — unfaith- 
ful. Give Him what He deserves — 
your best, always. 

ing forward to missionary service 
somewhere in Africa. 

Then we have at least three Breth- 
ren girls in nurse's training in Fort 
Wayne, two of them "P. K.'s." Rose- 
mary Boze, at the left, is from Berne, 
and is in training at the Lutheran 
Hospital. Bettie Taber, from Winona 
Lake, and Ruth Clough, from South 
Bend, are at the Methodist Hospital, 
and both are looking forward to mis- 
sionary service in Africa, Lord will- 
ing. These, and all our Brethren 
girls in nurse's training, deserve a 
place in your prayers. Theirs is not 
an easy course, academically, phys- 
ically, or spiritually. Pray for them! 

It was my privilege recently to 
spend a day in Fort Wayne, visiting 
some of our Brethren young people 
there. At Fort Wayne Bible Insti- 
tute, a growing school with a fine 
testimony, we enjoyed fellowship 
with Kenneth Sheldon and his wife 
and boy. Both Kenneth and his wife 
are taking classes here, and true to 
the real missionary spirit, are look- 


"The apparent consumption of ab- 
solute alcohol has risen since 1934 
(the first year of Repeal) from a low 
of 0.58 gallons per capita to a high of 
1.75 gallons in 1946," the American 
Business Men's Research Founda- 
tion stated recently. 


Barnes, Albert Barnes on the New Testament — Hebrews. 

Calvin, John Calvin's Commentary — Hebrews 

Grant, F. W The Numerical Bible — Hebrews to Reve- 

Griffith Thomas, W. H. . .Let Us Go On 

Ironside, H. A Hebrews and Titus 

Lenski, R. C. H Hebrews and James 

Macauley, J. C "devotional Studies in Hebrews 

Murray, Andrew The Holiest of All 

Newell, William R Hebrews Verse by Verse 

Pettingill, William L. . . .Into the Holiest ■ 

Saphir, Adolph Epistle to the Hebrews (2 vols.) 

Wall, I. R Saved to the Uttermost 

Westcott, B. F The Epistle to the Hebrews 



Since the Sunday school lessons in both the Brethren Quarterly for 
Young People and Adults and the new Brethren Junior-Intermediate 
Quarterly will be in the Epistle to the Hebrews during April, May, and 
June, it is suggested that teachers be provided with one or more of these 
additional helps. The pastor can suggest the ones that will be most 
helpful to each teacher. 

If the Sunday school will buy one or two of these fine commentaries 
for the use of each teacher, in a few years a fine set of commentaries 
for the Sunday school library will be built up. 


February 18, 1950 



The first-born of this family has 
attained one of the major goals of 
his young life. He is now taller than 
his Daddy. Oh joy! The way he 
struts his 13 ¥2 years, 5 feet and 7 
inches around here one would think 
this recently added two inches was 
wrought by him. The only thing he 
has done is practically eat Mother 
out of house and home. What mat- 
ters it to him that we've come to an 
impasse on the clothes situation? 
He's growing tall. Uncle Wesley 
used to grow out of his clothes and 
hand them to Bob. Now he has 
stopped growing while Bob appar- 
ently has just started. Worry about 
clothes when Daddy and Mother are 
here to provide for him? What 
youngster could be in the least con- 
cerned about such things as apparel 
when he can almost jeel his legs 
shooting up? Growing up — what an 
exhilarating experience! 

Mother and son have had some 
discussion on this business of grow- 
ing up. There's not much an indi- 
vidual can do about his physical 
build. Heredity settles that for him. 
There is, however, a growing up 
which is largely the result of a be- 
liever's efforts. Having been born 
again he has been fed on the milk of 
the Word. But milk is for babies, 
and even babies need more than 
milk before they are a year old. The 
Bible doesn't allow for a Christian 
"not growing up" in the spirit. In- 
deed, God's Word commands and 
challenges those who love the Lord 
to ". . . grow up into him in all 
things, which is the head, even 
Christ" (Eph. 4:15). Our chief goal 
then as believers? To grow up. 
"Till we all come in the unity of the 
faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, un- 
to the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). 

Grow up then, dear son of mine, 
grow up. Thrill to yeur new-found 
strength. But as you phvsically 
grow, never glory in the physical. 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

Rather remember that your aim, 
your consuming passion as a child of 
the King, is to grow up "into Christ," 
remembering that ". . . He taketh not 
pleasure in the legs of a man. The 
Lord taketh pleasure in them that 
fear him, in those that hope in his 
mercy" (Psa. 147:10, 11). 

The baby is five months old today. 
And she demands more of Mother's 
time every day. Why? Because she 
is being spoon-fed. She's been hav- 
ing orange juice and baby meat since 
she was six weeks oM, and those 
have been fed by the spoon. But 
the additions of cereal, vegetables, 
and fruit, coupled with a healthy ap- 
petite, keep Mother stepping to sat- 
isfy her baby's needs. There are 
times when the work is so pressing 
that Mother thinks baby Althea will 
never swallow that vegetable or 
empty this s?ucer of cereal. She 
pushes some of each spoonful out on 
her chin and Mother has to keep 
putting it back into that baby mouth. 
She doesn't push it out because she 
dislikes the food. Perhaps it tastes 
better if she smacks her little lips 
over it. Then again, perhaps Mother 
in her rush puts too much in Baby's 
mouth, and, let it be forever noted, 
Baby will not be rushed. She has 
all day. Why be concerned about 
the six older brothers and sisters 
who are also demanding some of 
Mother's attention? 

How many a new-bom babe in 
Christ has been stai'ved out because 
some more mature Christian has 
failed to help "spoon-feed" him. 
Spoon feeding takes time and pa- 
tience. Its rewards? Ah, sweet, 
rich. "Feed the flock of God"— cul- 
tivate the appetite of that babe, that 
lamb, for the proper, life-giving 
food. Then rejoice as you see him 
soon stand on his own feet, put the 
spoon to his mouth himself, and de- 
velop into virile spiritual adulthood. 
Who knows, in spoon-feeding that 
new babe in Christ you may be 


Jacob DeShazer was a bombardier 
in the Doolittle squadron that 
bombed Tokyo, was taken prisoner 
by the Japanese, and learned to hate 
his captors during his imprisonment. 
Then he began to read his Bible, and 
his attitude changed. Today he is a 
Free Methodist missionary to Japan, 
seeking to save those he once tried 
to destroy. In a tour of the churches, 
colleges, and universities of Tokyo 
he spoke to 8,500 people. More than 
1,300 publicly confessed Christ as 


One hundred Youth for Christ 
teams will travel to Europe next 
summer. George Wilson, of Min- 
neapolis YFC, and Bill Bond, of Chi- 
cago, are lining up the teams. They 
will travel in Europe, using itiner- 
aries arranged by YFC leaders on 
the Continent under the supervision 
of Rev. Robert Evans, of Paris. 

nourishing another Moody, Gribble, 
Sickel, Bauman? 

Spoon feeding is slow, tedious, 
time-consuming, energy-demanding. 
But it is the way to feed babies till 
the very food they eat makes them 
grow and they take that job on 
themselves. Oh Church of the liv- 
ing Christ, ". . . feed the church of 
God, which he hath purchased with 
his own blood" (Acts 20:28). 

P. S. — The letters and kind words 
from the readers of this column have 
warmed my heart. If God will be 
pleased to continue to use these 
humble efforts as He has in the past, 
that is all I ask. So many folks have 
asked how I can find time to write 
with a family of seven youngsters 
and a preacher-husband. First, I'd 
like to say I have a very understand- 
ing husband. When I have an idea 
and race to the desk to jot it dovni, 
he understands, and knows the work 
will get done some other moment. 
He is my best critic, though most of 
the time he never sees the column 
till it's in print. Then at the close 
of the day I relax by pounding out 
on the typewriter keys the thoughts 
and lessons which have clamored for 
expression all day. The tension 
then eased, I am ready for sleep. 
God is good to give me a pleasant 
form of relaxation, and you, my 
readers, are very appreciative 


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February 18, 1950 





See "Viewing an Ancient Manuscript," 
hy Dr. Paul Bauman, on Page 126 













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By President Alva J. McClain 

A Good Friend Is "Loosed Away Upward" 

A real friend of Grace Seminary, Mrs. Grace D. Sel- 
lers, departed to be with Christ in December. She was 
a long time and faithful member of the Sidney Brethren 
Church, where the funeral service was held on Decem- 
ber 18, Sunday afternoon, attended by many friends and 
relatives The message was given by Bro. John Aeby, 
pastor of our Fort Wayne Brethren Church. During her 
lifetime Sister Sellers had given often toward the min- 
istry of Grace Seminary, and her parting gift to the 
Seminary was a life insurance policy amounting to 
$1,000. For this generous gift we are deeply grateful 
both to the giver and the members of the family. It will 
be used in the new building fund. 

modern religion who were only yesterday scofRng at 
plain predictions of Biblical prophecy as to the end of 
the present age. Even the Christian Century is moved 
to write a gloomy editorial on "Men as Devil-gods." 
But those who know the God of the Bible and His Christ 
are not caught with surprise. It is a time to pray and 
labor as we wait for the coming of the Lord from heaven. 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 

Long before our children learned to declaim "Twinkle, 
twinkle, little star; how I wonder what you are," men 
had been wondering what it was that enabled the sun 
and the stars to go on shining year after year. In 1929 
two scientists found thTit the stars shine because up 
there the element of hydrogen is being continuously 
transmuted into helium. Then two other scientists ad- 
vanced the theory that we could change hydrogen into 
he'ium if we could only produce enough heat to do the 
trick, and that such a change would release an explo- 
sion so violent that it would exceed the imagination of 
the human mind. Then the invention of the atomic 
bomb gave to the scientists the heat which was needed. 
So we are now already set to make the terrible "hydro- 
gen bomb," and the President of the United States has 
ordered the scientists to go ahead with the project. 
Under the group of bungling statesmen who have ruled 
this country for 17 years, and under whose coddling 
poMci3s Russia has been able to reach a position of world 
power, the Red terror has actually been able to steal 
the sp'^vet from under their very noses. And so the 
pay-cff h^s at last come from the years of misrule. We 
can no longer debate whether or not it will be a good 
thing for humanity if the hydrogen bomb should be 
made It is being made in Russia right now. And we 
shall have to make some for ourselves if we wish to 
survive in such a world. 

Waldemar Kaempffert in the Nero York Times has 
written an able and illuminating article which gives a 
general idea of how this terrible weapon will be made, 
and then he adds ironically, "Man used to wonder why 
the stars shine. Now he knows. He even knows how 
to cre"te a little star, a star that is more baleful than 
any the ancients feared. It is no credit to the society in 
which he lives that he has to call this evanescent, minia- 
ture star a 'bomb' and to deplore his perverted inge- 

All this is a bitter pill for the optimistic champions of 

Grace Seminary Is Old-Fashioned 

It is reliably reported that at Union Theological Sem- 
inary, of New York City, one of the most famous sem- 
inaries in this country, out of a student body of over 500 
there are only about a dozen students taking elementary 
Hebrew. If you are surprised at this, it should be re- 
membered that Union has become in recent years wholly 
committed to the modernistic "liberal" view of the Bible. 
Having surrendered entirely the Christian doctrine of 
plenary and verbal inspiration of the Bible, this school 
very logically no longer regards the study of the original 
words of Scripture as of any practical value to the 
preacher. Hence the study of these words exegetically, 
as given originally by the Holy Ghost in the Hebrew and 
Greek languages, is no longer required of the ordinary 
seminary student. Even the learning of these Bible lan- 
guages is regarded essential only for men who expect to 
pursue seme specialized profession of antiquarian in- 
terest. This is the fruit of modernism. 

Historically, all the great Protestant theological sem- 
inaries have given a large place to the original Bible 
languages. They were required, not elective courses. 
But as the acid of modern unbelief eats into the curric- 
ulum, all this is changed, and students can obtain the 
regular theological degrees without ever taking a single 
course dealing with the original words in which the Holy 
Ghost gave to the world the final revelation of God. 
Those who watch the trends of theological education in 
this country have noted with deep sorrow that even 
Princeton Theological Seminary, a school once famous 
for its scholarly defense of the complete inspiration of 
the Bible as the very Word of God, has moved into the 
stream of unbelief on this point. The destructive Barth- 
ian view of inspiration is being taught there. And 
therefore we are not surprised to hear that Princeton 
now is considering the placing of Hebrew, and possibly 
Greek also, on the list of elective studies. How are the 
mighty fallen! 

Occasionally we are asked at Grace Seminary why we 
do not place Greek and Hebrew among the elective 
studies instead of requiring these languages of all stu- 
dents preparing for the Christian ministry. The answer 
is that we still hold to the verbal inspiration of the Bible, 
and therefore we feel that our students should be deeply 
interested in the study of the very words which were 
originally given us by the Holy Spirit sent down fi-om 
heaven. It is not merely a question of technical schol- 
arship. It is a question of Christian jaith in the Word 
of God. 

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Jan. 17 — Mrs. Victor Meyers, wife of Seminary Junior 
Victor Meyers, passed away at the home of her 
mother at Michigan City, Ind. Funeral services were 
conducted by Rev. Herman 
Koontz. The students of Grace 
Seminary offer their sincere sym- 
pathy to Brother Meyers in this 

time of sorrow. 
Jan. 20 — Dr. Paul R. Bauman ar- 
rived in Winona from 
his trip around the world, in time 
to begin teaching at the start of 
the second semester. Seminary 
students welcome him back. Be- 
cause of the large enrollment, 
over half the students had never 
met Dr. Bauman. All are eagerly 
awaiting the report of the trip, and a glimpse of the 
many slides and movies which he brought with him from 

distant places. 
Jan. 20 — Lee Jenkins and Dennis HoUiday completed 
their seminary course at the end of the first 
semester. They will graduate with the Senior Class in 

May, however. 
Jan. 20 — The Second- Year CoUegiates had a party at the 
home of their president. Bob Neff, to celebrate 
the end of examinations. Games were played during 
much of the evening. Everyone participated in the de- 
votional period. 
Jan 23 — Registration for the second semester revealed a 
group of new students. Those entering Grace 
Seminary at midyear are: Harold Aday, Lawrence Brat- 
tan, Arthur Collins, Sibley Edmiston, Mrs. Janice Jen- 
kins, Mrs. Roberta Kliewer, Wanda Lautzenheiser, Alvin 

Showalter, and Dorothy Smetana. 
Jan. 23 — The deadline for the first written draft of the 
Seniors' critical monographs (theses) arrived. 
The usual last-minute rush was in evidence, and a few 
were seeking an extension of the time! The preparation 
of the critical monograph, which consists of an exhaust- 
ive investigation into seme Biblical problem, with the 
presentation of its solution on the basis of the original 
language, theology, history, and logic, is the major task 

of the senior year. 
Jan. 26 — The annual Day of Prayer began at 9:00 a.m. 
The opening session was led by Dr. McC^ain, 
and the message was brought by Rev. William A. Stef- 
fler of Dayton, Ohio. Following was a time of prayer 
and self-judgment. The afternoon session stressed praise 
and thanksgiving. Rev. Mark Malles, of Flora, Ind., 
brought the message. The evening session was ad- 
dressed by Dr. Paul Bauman. Prayer centered around 
the relation of the Christian to a lost world. All classes 

were dismissed for the day. 
Jan. 27 — "Dust or Destiny," the new film produced by 
the Moody Bible Institute, was shown to the 
student body. This graphic presentation of some of 

February 25, 1950 

God's wonders in the natural realm was enjoyed with 

profit by all who saw it. 
Jan. 28 — Because of the illness of Dr. Louis T. Talbot, 
Dr. Bauman flew to Los Angeles to address a 

mass meeting at the Church of the Open Door. 
Feb. 1 — Mr. B. H. Gaddis, general manager of the Free 

Methodist Publishing House, spoke to the chapel 
on "Our American Hei'itage." Mr. Gaddis, a former col- 
lege professor, attributed the strength of America to her 
pioneer spirit and freedom for the individual, and 
warned against the forces at work today which would 

undermine this great heritage. 
Feb. 3 — Bob Mclntyre, a Junior, joined the ranks of the 

engaged. His fiancee is Miss Maxine Takens, 
of Grand Rapids, Mich. Plans are in progress for an 

early summer wedding. 
Feb. 3— The Central District Youth Rally at Dayton, 

Ohio, attracted several carloads of seminary 
students. One of the features of the rally was the show- 
ing of Dr. Bauman's trip pictures. 
Feb. 6 — Mr. and Mrs. Max E. Ware became the parents 

of a daughter, Barbara Jean. Max is a Junior 

in the seminary. 
Feb. 7 — Rev. Reginald Shepley, pastor of the Warsaw 
Baptist Church, spoke of his experiences in vis- 
iting mission fields of Central and South America. He 
recently returned from an air trip through these regions, 
and survived an airplane crash. 

right): President, Bob Neff; Vice-President, Bur- 
ton Bartling; Secretary, Ruth Marie Landrum; 
Treasurer, Millard Poppy. 




By ALVA J. McCLAIN, Th.M., D.D. 
President of Grace Theological Seminary 

The question is often stated as follows: "Is bodily 
healing in the atonement?" But thus stated it becomes 
somewhat ambiguous in meaning, and in any important 
question like this it is highly important that we should 
know exactly what we are talking about. Hence, in 
order to pin down the essential idea and isolate it from 
other confusing issues, I have stated the question as in- 
dicated in the title of this paper, "Was Christ punished 
for our diseases?" 

Many pastors have had to face this problem as it has 
been raised in their communities, both by false cults 
and sincere inquirers. The particular theory which has 
provoked these inquiries is that held by cei-tain religious 
movements of which the late Mrs. McPherson and her 
"Four Square Gospel" may be taken as an outstanding 
and well publicized example. It is also held, I am sorry 
to say, by individuals within Protestant churches here 
and there. 

In brief, this particular healing theory may be stated 
as follows: When Christ died on the cross, its adherents 
argue, He made atonement for our diseases as well as 
for our sins. Therefore, they conclude, no true Chris- 
tian need be sick or diseased at any time. If a Christian 
suffers from physical disease, as all of us do sooner or 
later, these theorists explain the situation by the follow- 
ing alternatives: The sick Christian has either failed to 
"appropriate" fully the benefits of the atonement, or else 
he is guUty of some pei-sonal sin for which the sickness 
is sent as a divine judgment. In either case, they say, 
the whole responsibUity rests upon the person. It is 
always the will of God to heal, according to their theory, 
if we truly repent of our sins and believe in the fullness 
of our Lord's work on the cross. If we are sick, we are 
either lost or backslidden. No true Christian, they 
argue, can be sick if he is in complete fellowship with 

The Biblical passages upon which this theory has been 
built are found in the books of Isaiah and Matthew. The 
first reads as follows: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, 
and carried our sorrows" (Isa. 53:4). The second in- 
cludes a direct quotation of the first: "When the even was 
come, they brought unto him many that were possessed 
with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, 
and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying. Himself 
took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matt. 
8:16, 17). 

What Do These Passages Mean? 

Two preliminary questions must be settled. First, do 
these "griefs," "sorrows," "infirmities," and "sicknesses" 
refer to ailments of the body or of the soul? While exe- 
getically it might be possible to Interpret the Isaiah pas- 
sage in either one of these senses if taken alone, its 
quotation by Matthew leaves no possible doubt that in 
that particular context he applies it to physical diseases. 
It is impossible to deny this on the ground of any im- 
partial exegesis. And the parallel passage in Mark 1:34 

settles the matter: "He healed many that were sick of 
divers diseases." 

The second question is this: When and how did our 
Lord Jesus Christ take our infirmities and hear our sick- 
nesses, as affirmed by Matthew on the basis of Isaiah 
53:4? The constant assumption of those who preach the 
"Atonement Healing" theory described above is that 
Christ did this when He died at Calvary. But now it is 
a curious fact that the death of Christ is not mentioned 
specifically in either of the passages upon which the 
theory has been mainly buUt. The fact that the first 
text occurs in the great 53rd chapter of Isaiah has doubt- 
less led the superficial to assume that the fourth verse 
must refer to the death of Christ. And certainly the 
death of Christ looms large in that chapter. But let us 
not forget that it contains many other details of what He 
was and what He did. As to the fourth verse and its 
precise meaning, surely the safest guide to its exact in- 
terpretation will be found in Matthew's use of it in his 
Gospel. And what does Matthew say? Christ healed 
the sick, he declares, and in so doing He "fulfilled" this 
particular prophecy in Isaiah 53:4. It was by His min- 
istry of healing while living, not when He died, that He 
"took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses." There is 
no mention by Matthew of our Lord's death or atone- 
ment in this connection. On the contrary, Matthew tells 
us how He healed sickness, and then declares that by 
this ministry He julfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 54:4. 
And since Matthew wrote by divine inspiration, this is 
God's interpretation, not man's. 

There is no mystery about all this. The passage does 
not say that Christ died or suffered for the infirmities of 
men. He "took" them. The same verb is used in Mat- 
thew 5:40, "If any man . . . take away thy coat." Every- 
one knows exactly what this means. It is a practical, 
not a judicial act. Even so our Lord took away the 
sicknesses of men in His day by healing them. Further- 
more, in the case of the other expression, "bare our 
sicknesses," the Greek verb here is never used in the 
New Testament with reference to our Lord's atoning 
death. An excellent example of its meaning is found in 
Galatians 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens," where it 
very obviously refers to sympathetic helpfulness and has 
nothing to do with the idea of atonement. It was thus 
the Lord "bare" the sicknesses of man — by giving them 

The Absurdity of Atonement for Disease 

The verbs "took" and "bare" in the passage under 
discussion cannot refer to an act of substitutionary suf- 
fering and death such as we have in the cross of our 
Lord. Those who wrongly teach that they do have such 
a reference probably have not realized clearly just 
where such a doctrine must finally lead. Logically it 
would lead to the absurd and monstrous notion that 
Christ suffered disease somehow in our stead, a notion 
from which every enlightened believer must shrink with 

The cause of this error seems to arise out of a con- 


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ni fusion of two separate things, namely, sin and disease. 
I Sickness is not sin; it is rather the result of sin. We 
' punish men for sinning, but not for getting sick. Cer- 
^ tainly a msin may become diseased through breaking 
the law, but in dealing with such a man we at once sep- 
arate the sin from the disease. We may punish him for 
his sin, but we send him to the hospital for his disease. 
The laws of nations are far from perfect, but they do 
not punish men for being sick. Once we see this clearly, 
it is easy to find our way out of the confusion about 
healing and atonement. 

Christ died for our sins, not for our diseases. He was 
made sin for us; He was not made disease for us. Christ 
never forgave disease. He forgave sin, and healed dis- 
eases. Death is the divine penalty for sin, not for dis- 
eases. Therefore, the death of Christ as our Substitute 
was penal, not pathological. Christ died in our stead. 
He did not (I speak reverently) have tuberculosis in our 
stead. To look clearly and steadily at this matter is suf- 
ficient to disperse all the clouds of misunderstanding. 
Those who go out into eternity lost will suffer punish- 
ment according to their sins, not according to the num- 
ber of diseases they may have had. 

The True Relation of Calvary and Sickness 

In nearly all doctrinal errors there may be discovered 
a grain of truth, and the matter under discussion is no 
exception. The death of our Lord did have something 
to do with sickness and disease, for these things are the 
results of sin. The entrance of sin into the human race 
brought a whole train of disaster, a veritable Pandora's 
Box filled with unimaginable evUs, including disease, 
weakness, poverty, insanity, and inefficiency. Now at 
Calvary God dealt with sin once and for all, and there- 
by laid the moral foundation upon the basis of which He 
would be able to banish at last from the universe every 
evil result caused by sin. But the actual banishment of 
these things will come according to the plan and time of 
God, not of men. 

Everything in its own order. At the coming of the 
Lord from heaven His saints ■will be delivered forever 
from all weakness, sickness, and death. When He 
establishes His Kingdom, poverty and all the ordinary 
social evOs will be abolished. And at last death itself, 
the final enemy, shall be destroyed. Thus we see that 
the death of Christ provided for the destruction of all 
that is evil. Looking at the matter from this viewpoint, 
nothing lies outside the scope of the atonement. The 
very heavens above were somehow purified (Heb. 9:23), 
and the prince of this world was cast out (John 12:31), 
when our Lord died at Calvary. That Satan at this very 
hour still dwells in heavenly places does not invalidate 
the work of the cross. It only means that the doom of 
Satan, made certain at Calvary, will be visited upon him 
in God's own time. In like manner the banishment of 
all weakness and disease from the bodies of the saved 
wUl be carried out according to God's perfect plan and 
calendar. Even though we may sometimes in the midst 
of affliction ask, "How long, O Lord?" we are not to 
think that God is slack concerning His promises as some 
men count slackness. But He cannot be hurried by the 
theories of men. 

But Does God Heal the Body Today? 

Does what has been said above mean that there is no 
help here and now for the child of God caught in the 
grip of disease and affliction? Must he be satisfied with 

mere human skill, and for more than this wait until the 
comirtg of the Lord? Is the power of the Lord to hesd 
available at all for the Christian during the present age 
of grace? The answer is emphatically Yes — God does 
heal the body today. But mark the important qualifica- 
tion — when it is His will to heal. The power of God is 
never limited by time or place, but only by His own holy 
and sovereign will. Nothing is clearer in Scripture than 
the fact that it is not always God's will to relieve the 
believer of his physical afflictions. There is a glorious 
and divine ministry oftentimes in suffering. God uses 
infirmity and suffering for our eternal good and His own 
glory. It is not only theologically wrong, but also spir- 
itually disastrous, to teach Christians that they are 
either lost or backslidden if they suffer from bodily ill- 
ness. The trial of our faith is precious. And sometimes 
it takes more faith to suffer than to be healed. The 
great Apostle prayed three times to be relieved of a 
certain "thorn in the flesh," and found that he was not 
praying in harmony with God's wiU (II Cor. 12:1-10). 
The Lord did not grant the request, but gave something 
better. "My grace," He said very tenderly, "is sufficient 
for thee." And after all, it is better to have the all- 
sufficient grace of God than to be relieved of a few aches 
and pains. 

God does heal the body today, when it is His wUl. 
But we are not to forget that the body of the believer is 
not yet redeemed. Its final redemption certainly was 
provided for at the cross. The price was paid in full. 
Nothing can ever be added to that. But for the present 
even the redeemed must say with Paul, "Even we our- 
selves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, 
to wit, the redemption of our hody" (Rom. 8:23). What 
a glorious day that day of redemption wUl be, when at 
His coming He will fashion anew these bodies of our 
humiliation so that they will be conformed to the body 
of His glory, according to the working whereby He is 
able to subdue all things unto Himself: no more sickness, 
no more weakness, no more sorrow, no more pain, no 
more death. The very hope of that glorious day wUl 
take away the bitterness of all affliction here and now. 

"Come, Lord Jesus." 


The Denver Post, published by Frederick BonfUs, is 
one of the great daily papers of the country. Mr. Bon- 
fUs once wrote a remarkable editorial which is refresh- 
ing after listening to some of the preachers. I quote it 
in part: 

"A firm faith in the Gospel of Christ is what the world 
needs most. . . . Philosophy from Hammurabi to Herbert 
Spencer leaves the heart cold. Science down to Ein- 
stein is barren to a hungering soul. But Christ is the 
Bread and Water of Life. Without His life and words 
the human soul would starve and shrivel to ashes. When 
all else is stale and barren, His words are as satisfying 
as cold water in a desert. Compared with Christ, Soc- 
rates is but a fool. Compared with Him such great men 
as Cato and Sophocles are but babbling chUdren. They 
never taught the beautiful lesson of sacrifice for sin. . . . 
While they feed the intellect, the Lord Jesus feeds the 
human heart. 'He that believeth in me hath everlasting 
life,' He said. The Light of the World is Jesus." 

This is good Gospel. If more preachers believed and 
preached it with fire burning in their hearts, the 
churches would make more progress.— Alua J. McClain. 

February 25, 1950 


Vieivina an Qncieni oibie Ttlanuscilpt 


DR. PAUL R. BAUMAN, Executive Vice-President 

A little less than 10 miles southeast of the Biblical 
town of Samaria is the present city of Nablus, nestled 
between two mountain peaks, one of which is Gerizim, 
the mount of blessing, and the other Ebal, the mount of 
cursing. TUl recently this town was thought to cover 
the site of ancient Shechem, but excavators found the 
ruins of the old city about a mile away. Today its walls 
and gates may be seen — probably the very ones that 
were connected with the story of the dishonoring of 
Dinah and the wickedness of Jacob's sons (Genesis 34). 

The city of Nablus is almost wholly an Arab com- 
munity, but it was formerly one of the principal strong- 
holds of the Samaritans. Of this proud people only 
about 325 remain. About 200 of these are in Nablus 
itself and foiTn a distinct community — a sort of Samar- 
itan island in a sea of Moslems. It should be remem- 
bered that these people believe it was here that Abra- 
ham attempted to sacrifice Isaac instead of on Mount 
Moriah, and the early Samaritans erected their temple 
at Mount Gerizim. It was because of this that the 
woman of Samaria said to Jesus, "Our fathers wor- 
shipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem 
is the place where men ought to worship" (John 4:20). 

Dr. Talbot and I arrived in Nablus shortly before sun- 
down and made our way to the synagogue in which the 
Samaritan people still conduct their ancient foiTn of 
worship. We arrived, it happened, just in time to see 
them engaged in their evening prayers. As we ap- 
proached the building we could already hear them 
chanting their way through the ritual. Their shoes and 
sandals were lined up neatly along the wall near the 
door, and as we entered the air was fragrant with the 
smell of incense. The sight that greeted us, while in- 
teresting, gave us an indescribable feeling of sadness. 

Here were approximately 60 men and boys kneeling 
with hands outstretched as they faced Mount Gerizim. 
They were dressed in the characteristic skirt, and the 
younger ones wore the fez while the older men had 

their heads covered with the turban. Some of the more 
orthodox had beards and wore their hair long. Alter- 
nately they would stand, then kneel, then bow, and 
finally prostrate themselves toward their sacred moun- 
tain as they chanted their prayers, led by the high 
priest. Here was a dying people still praying toward 
the scattered ruins of a temple which had been destroyed 
centuries ago, continuing the practice of a religion that 
is just as dead today as it was in the day when our Lord 
spoke words of life to the woman of Samaria. 

At the conclusion of the service, we were introduced 
to Nagi Khadir, the Samaritan high priest, who willingly 
consented to show us the ancient copy of the Samaritan 
Pentateuch. Before we left he presented us with the 
picture reproduced on the cover of this week's maga- 
zine. Written on parchment, encased in a beautiful sil- 
ver cover, this ancient document is probably the oldest 
copy of the law in the world, dating from the third cen- 
tury of the Christian era. 


A famous editor once said that if a dog bit a man it 
would not be news, but that if a man should bite a dog 
it would be news. Perhaps this is why the preachers 
who follow the truths of the Bible do not receive much 
space in the columns of newspapers. It is the normal 
thing for ministers to preach the Word. Therefore, 
when a minister denies the Word, he generally gets more 
space than the believer. He is doing something abnor- 
mal, and the abnormal is news. 

Unfortunately, many ministers have acquired a wrong 
slant on the matter of newspaper publicity. They sup- 
pose that extensive newspaper space indicates worth. 
Quite often it indicates just the opposite. An unbeliev- 
ing preacher may be given space in the newsjwpyers be- 
cause he is an abnormality, like a five-leggea calf. — 
Alva J. McClain. 

Report of Gifts to Grace Theological Seminary 


Nome and city or church Receipt JVo. Amt. 

Seattle. Wash.— 

Mrs. Grace Tallman 334 $5.00 

Dallas Center. Iowa — 

Mrs. Dale Wineland 335-B 4 00 

Johnstown. Pa. — ■ 

A Friend 336-B 5.00 

Mrs. Mary Bitano 337-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bentz 338-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. G. Berkley 339-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Berger 340-B 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Emory Botteicher 341-B 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Barron 342-B 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Bernet 343-B 25.00 

John Bernet 344-B 12.50 

Mary Bernet 345-B 12.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Blair Dick 346-B 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Eckstein 347-B 8,00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Farwell 348-B 5 00 

Mr. C. N. Habel 349-B .50 

Mrs. Lewis Hosteller 350-B 100 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Hildebrand 351-B 10.00 

M'-s. Grac» Hellman 352-B 5 00 

Mt-. and Mrs. I. W. Harbaugh 353-B 4 00 

Mrs. Geo. Hildebrand 354-B 1.00 

Name and city or church Receipt No. Amt. 

Mrs. Chester Holsopple 355-B 5.00 

Miss Ella Kincaid 356-B 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Kyler 357-B 40.00 

J. H. Launtz 3>8-B 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moore 359-B 2.0O 

Charlotte Moore 360-B 1.00 

Phyllis Moore 331-B 1.00 

Charles E. Matula 362 -B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Mitchell 353-B 5.00 

Wm. R. Miller 364-B 40.00 

Mrs. Emma Moore 365-B 5.00 

Mrs. Evelyn McClain 336-B 10.00 

Mrs. Evelvn McClain 3';7 3.25 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Merritt 368-B 5.00 

Mary Louise Moeller 369-B 9. DO 

Mary Louise Moeller 370 :.;.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miller 371-B 10.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Byron Noon 372-B 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Bvron Noon 3^3 10.00 

Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Ogden 374-B 5.00 

Gladys Palliser 375-B 1.00 

Ruth Ringler 376-B 10.00 

Violet RintTler 377-B 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Marlie Rodgers 378-B 6.0O 


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Nam^ and city or church Receipt 

Mr- and Mrs. V. Reighard, Lois 379 

Bfc. and Mrs. Robert Silman 380 

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. SchaU 3ol 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert bigg 3iii; 

Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Schmucker 3s3 

Mrs. V iola Stump 3o4 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Uphouse 385 

Blanche Vickroy 386 

Mr. and Mrs. Benj . Stutzman 387 

Misc. gifts 388- 

Long Beach, Calif. — 

Mrs. George Peek 389 

Ripon, Calif. — 

Mrs. Alma Garber 390 

Roanoke, Va. — 

Miss Goldie Hale 391- 

Miss Gertrude Riunberg 392- 

Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Jefferson 393 

Winona Lake, Ind. — 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent 394 

Waterloo, Iowa — 

Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Alderman 395- 

Miss Gertrude Becker 39ij 

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Bertch 397- 

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cochran 398- 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Deits 399- 

H. L. Earnest 400- 

Wanda Earnest 401 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Grady 40;i 

Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Haller 403 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hocken 404 

Miss Ruth Nichols 405 

H. T. Peterson 406 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sackett 407 

Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Schrock 408 

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Schrock 409 

Harold M. Smith 410 

C. L. Warneka 411 

Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Miller 412 

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Miller 413 

Misc. gifts 414- 

Los Angeles, Calif. (1st) — 

Mrs. Dorothy Rowland 415 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hoffman 416 

Larry Kane 417 

June Kane 418 

Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Graybill 419 

Misc. gifts 420 

Altoona, Pa. — 

Miss Margaret Beach 421 

Clair S. Beach 422 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riverdale) — 

Mrs. Minnie Coblentz 423 

Peru, Ind. — 

Sterling Theobald 424 

Davton, Ohio (First) — 

Misc 425 

Glpndale, Calif. — 

Misc. gifts 426 

Misc. gifts 427 

Hagerstown, Md. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen 428 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Angle 429 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Auxt 430 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baumgardner 431 

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bruchey 432 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Diebert 433 

Mr. and Mrs. Russel Eisterday 434 

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Finfrock 435 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Freeze 436 

Mr. and Mrs. I. H. Green 437 

Roy Guessford 438 

Josephine Guessford 439 

Mrs. Iren"; Hershberger 440 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hershberger 441 

Mrs. Harold Hombarger 442 

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hopkins 443 

Mr. and M'-s. S. E. Jacobs 444 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones 445 

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy King 446 

R-^v. rnd Mrs. W. A. Lepp 447 

Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Mace, family 448 

Mrs. F'-ed" M-ack 449 

Howard Momingstar 450 

C. Fr.nnk Myers 451 

Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Psrry 452 

Mr. and M'-s. Lester Plume 453 

Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Stickler, family 454 

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Stover 455 

Mr. an^ Mrs. Frank Tewalt 4^6 

Mrs. Marv Wells 457 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wiles, family 458 

Mr. and Mrs. John Wollard 459 

Mr. and M'-s. Normpn Nordness 460 

f-. anti Mrs. John Klepinger 4R1 

Misc. gifts 462 

W.iterloo, Iowa — . 

Abner A. Bontrager estate 463- 

Winona Lake. Ind. — 

John C. Whitcomb 464- 

Philndelohia. Pa. (1st) — 

Ad-> E. Sf-hwirtz 465- 

Sunnyside, Wash. — 

M-s. N. E. Brideraan 466- 

Mr. Bishop 467- 

Mrs. Dorn Kennedy 468- 

Mi-s. Nch MIl'"r - 4fi9. 

fir- n Ti padeham * 470- 

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B 25.00 

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Name ond city or church Receipt No. Amt. 

Winona Lake, Ind.- — 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McKillen 472-B 10.00 

George E. Cone 4,3-B 5.00 

Bell, Calif.— 

Mr. and Mrs. Horace I-ackey 474-B 10.00 

Garwin, loWd — 

Capt. and Mrs. Clair Thurston 475-B 50.00 

Winona Lake, Ind. — 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent 476 25.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa — 

Mrs. Dale Winelsnd 477-B 4.00 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riverdale) — 

Mr. J. Marion HoUman 478 SA 250.00 

Peru, Ind. — 

Misc. gifts 479 5.00 

Compton, Calif. — 

Mr. Sidney B. Vaughn 480-B 24.00 

Santa Barbara, Calif. — 

Misc. gifts 481-B 40.75 

Napp.-nee, Ind. — 

Mrs. George Thomas 482-B 100.00 

Grafton, W. Va.— 

Anna Miller 483-B 10.00 

Los Angeles, Calif. (3rd) — 

L. R. Andrews 484-B 15.00 

Lois Kerfoot 485 B 7.00 

R. K. Pryor 486-B 10.00 

Dorothy Crees 487-B 5.00 

Rosemary Crees 488-B 10.00 

Elmer Taylor 489-B 5.00 

Misc. gifts 490-B 6.71 

Lake Odessa, Mich. — 

Mr. Hlllis Lepard 491-B 2.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Miller 492-B 25.00 

Mr. and Mis. Coivin Wosh 493-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Rockford Price 494-B .75 

Wendel Price 495-B .50 

Mr. and Mrs. R?ed rnd Shirley 49S-B 1.35 

Mr. and Mrs. Rockaf ellow 497-B .50 

Mr. and Mrs. Alga Tischer 49:i B 1.50 

Mrs. Essalie Titus 499-B .25 

Mrs. Thelma Wickham 500-B .25 

Mrs. Walter Brovant 501-B 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Carter 502-B 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Darby 503-B 25.00 

Miss Meredith Darby 504-B 20.00 

Mr. Harold Hayes 505-B 1.00 

Mr. Elwood Henney 506-B 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hermey 5U7-B 65.00 

Mrs. Mary L. Henney 508-B 1.00 

Mrs. Ira HuIIiberger 5n9-B 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lapo and Marilyn 510-B 50.50 

Mrs. Bert Lepard 511-B .50 

Misc. gifts 512-B 3.52 

Winona Lake. Ind. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Evan Adams 513-B 3.00 

Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Betz 514-B 5.00 

Mr. and M's. Leroy Brsdrick 515 B 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bums 516-B 10.00 

Rev. and Mrs. A. D. Cashman 517~B 100.00 

Harold Paul Combs 518-B 2.00 

Doris Davis 519-B 1.00 

Edith Geske 520-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Richird Grant 521-B 4.00 

Mr. and Mrs. R^'lph Hall 522-B 5.00 

Mr. Kenneth Marken 523-B 5.00 

Mrs. Wm. Porter 524-B 5.00 

Ruth E. Reddick 525-B lO.OO 

Bill Smith 526-B 1.00 

Rev. and Mrs. Blaine Snyder 527-B 50.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Sprowls S'^S-B 5.00 

Rose Taber 529-B l.OO 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Turner 530-B 4.00 

Howard Vulgamore 531-B 15.00 

Scott We.-iver 5^?-H 5.00 

Mrs. M. E. Horner 533-B 5.0O 

Mrs. Fred J. Merv 534-B 10.00 

Thomas Bailey, Jr 535-B 5.00 

Misc. gifts 536-B 27.00 

Lone Beach, C=lif — 

M- Oz-oT-rro o Peek 537-B 5.0O 

Philadelphia, Pa. — 

Rev. - nd M-s. W. A. Steffler 538-B 20.00 

Deep River, Iowa — 

Ivan K. Edwards 539-B 60.00 

DnHns Centp-. Iowa — 

Mr. and Mrs. John Vanden Brink 540-B 10. 00 

Madge Wineland 541-B 5.00 

Hagerstown. Md. — 

Rev. W. A. Lepp 542-B 50.00 

J. Frank Wiles 543-B 20.00 

Harrisburg. Pa. — 

A. Rollin Sandy, family 544-B 20.00 

Misc. gifts 545-B 1.00 

Alexpndri.i, Ind. — 

Basil Holmes 546 25.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa — 

Ida Good -. 547-B 25.00 

Dayton, Ohio — 

Mr. and Mrs. Vervl Danziesen 548-B 5.00 

Cuvahoea F'-lls, Ohio — 

Mr. and M'-s. W. D. Braucher 549 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Cole 550 5.00 

Mr. and M-s. C. W. Husted 5=51 5.00 

M". rnd M-s. D. T,. K-^n'in 552 5.00 

Mr. and M-s. R. A. McGuire 5';3 5.00 

Mr. Wi"-rd K. Smi*h 554 5.00 

Pimdiy "^"hool offering T^'^'i 15.00 

Misc. gifts 557 8.00 

February 25, 7950 


Name and city or church Receipt No. 

Ripon. Calif. — 

Mrs. Alma Garber 558-B 

Dayton. Ohio (Ist) — 

Beginners' Department 559 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grisso 560 

Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hacker 561 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry SehacfE 562 

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Stewart 563 

Mrs. Minnie Settler 564 

Misc. gifts ( General Fund ) 565 

Mrs. D. F. Alexander 566-B 

Mrs. Anna Beeghly 567-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bolender, daughter 568-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burnett 569-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Campbell 570-B 

Mr. and Mrs. O. Earl Diehl 571-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grisso 572-B 

Mrs. Emma Gearhart 573-B 

Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Hacker 574-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Goehring 575-B 

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Hedges 576-B 

Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hoffman 577-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoyt. Cathleen 578-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ham 579-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Haller 580-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Haller 581-B 

Miss Independence Kendig 582-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kemp 583-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kline 584-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Long 585-B 

Mr. and Mrs, Oscar Lentz 586-B 

Miss Anna Lentz 587-B 

Mrs. Sadie McCloskey 588-B 

Miss Esther Mowery 589-B 

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith 590-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Nowak 591-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Patterson 592-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shipley 593-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Millie Slanker 594-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Verne Runyon 595-B 

Mrs. O. M. Shipley 596-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry SchaefE 597-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Smith 598-B 

Mrs. W. C. Teeter 599-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Trissel 600-B 

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Utz 601-B 

Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Weimer 602-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Wolfe. Bobby 603-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Harley Wysong 604-B 

Miss Carrie Wogaman 605-B 

Mrs. Lova Yingling 606-B 

Youth for Truth 607-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Grubbs 608-B 

Misc. gifts (Building Fund) 609-B 

Waynesboro, Pa. — 

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Bearinger 610-B 

Miss Arietta V. Crilley 611-B 

Mrs. Frank Foster 612-B 

Mr. Chas. E. Martin 613-B 

Mr. Harry Miller 614-B 

Dr. and Mrs. Paul Miller 615-B 

Mrs. Lulu B. Minnich 61R-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Oliver 617-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Harr\- G. PeifEer 61,S-B 

Mrs. Gertrude Ressler fil 9-B 

Mr. Roy Smith 620-B 

Mr. Stewart Snider fi21-B 

Mr. Wm. C. Waltemath fi23-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Zeigler 623-B 

King's Daughters Class B2'i-B 

Misc. gifts 625-B 

Telford. Tenn. — 

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Brobeck 626-B 

Berne. Tnd. — 

Mr, and Mrs. Ralph Christy R27-B 

EHine Christy 628-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Bryson Fetters R29-B 

R»v. and Mrs. Ofd Gehmnn. family fi30-B 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Myers 631-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Sipe fi3''-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smitlev R'^H-B 

Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Smitley B34-B 

Miss Nora Smitley fi35-B 

A f 'iend RSfi-B 

A friend 637-B 

Misc. gifts 638-B 

Lon* Be-f-h. C-^'if, — 

M-irv FUen Miller 639-B 

Ai'-An, Ohin — 

Misc. gifts fi4n-B 

Misc. gifts 641 

D'^' Cf^nter. Inwa — 

Mrs. Dale Wineland 642-B 

Winona Lak". Inrf — 

Mr. and Mrs. Burton Bartling 643-B 

Singer Hill. Pn,— . .. o 

L. O. Smith (544 

Mr. and Mrs. Orville Gillen fi45 

Mrs. Edith Gillin ' ' fi4fi 

Mrs, A, N GroVP K47 

F-ther Bible Class ][...........'.. R4S 

Misc. gifts ] 549 

M'^versdal-:*. Pa, — 

Fmma Bowman fiSO-B 

Dnlp c. Hosteller RM-B 

*^hirlev Hosteller '.'..'.'..'.'. R5''-R 

Mr. and Mrs. .Tames Knepper [ ,[ R'^^-B 

Ada E. Lorentz 654-B 

























































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R. C. Lorenzen 6S5-B 50.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Maust 65fi-B 20.00 

John I. Meyers 657 -B 50.00 

Orpha M. Meyers 658-B S.OO 

Albert S. Meyers 659-B 10.00 

A. W. Poorbaugh 660-B 20.00 

Carol Purbaugh 661-B 1.00 

Mrs. W. H. Purbaugh 662-B 2.00 

Mrs. S. S. Richard 663-B 5.00 

Lulu and Gertrude Shuck 664-B 5.00 

Misc. gifts 665-B 16.51 

Summit Mills, Pa. — 

Ethel Firl 666-B 20.00 

Edna Keim 667-B 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Yoder 668-B 20.00 

Mrs. Mary W. Yoder 669-B 5.00 

Mrs. Russell Yoder 670-B 10.00 

Winchester. Va. — 

Mrs Daisy Boyer 671 100.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hein 672 20.00 

Mrs. E. D. Hildebrand 673 10.00 

Mrs. Alice Hollis 674 S.OO 

Miss Lucy Kurtz 675 10.00 

Mrs. Elsie Louderback 676 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Splllman 677 5.00 

Misc. gifts 678 12.40 

Flora. Ind,— 

Rev and Mrs. R. I. Humberd 679 15.00 

Long Beach. Calif. — 

Geo. O. Peek 680-B 5.00 

Anderson. Ind. — 

Miss Donna Lewis 681-B 50.00 

Miss Jo L. Morris 682-B 150.00 

Marion. Ind. — 

Mrs Seltha Dawson 683 25.00 

Clay City. Ind.— 

Mr. arid Mrs. Richard Hayman 684-B 200.00 

Mrs. Clieve Roush S85-B 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Leohr 686-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jess Leohr 687-B 5.00 

Misc. gifts 688-B 2.00 

Winona Lake. Ind. — 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent 689 25.00 

Claremont. Calif. — 

Mr. and Mrs, M. L. Goodman 690 25.00 

Lake Odessa. Mich. — 

Mrs. Ira Hulliberger 691-B 10.00 

Long Beach. Calif. — 

Mary Ellen Miller 692-B 10.00 

Homerville. Ohio — 

Mr. O. C. Trapp 693 5.00 

Misc. gifts 694 14.00 

Fremont. Ohio — 

Grace Brethren Church 695-B 78.75 

Philadelphia. Pa. — 

Ellen Greaves 696-B 10.00 

Adult Fellowship 697-B 20.00 

Clara E. Schwartz 698-B 5.00 

Mrs. Marion Crompton 699-B 5,00 

Chnrles Schwartz 700-B 5.00 

Fred Kalne 701-B S.OO 

Anna Mae Seitz 702-B 6 00 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Craig 703-B 10.00 

Mrs. Ada Schwartz 7n4-B 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kolb 705-B 1.00 

Misc. gifts 706-B 68.02 

Flora. Ind.— 

Melvin Fisher 707-B 50.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hanna 708-B 100.00 

Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Jackson 7n9-B 14.00 

Paul Marvin 7io-B 10.00 

E. A. Myer 711-B 5.00 

Mrs, Sarah Roskuski 712-B 50.00 

J.imes Shoemaker 713-B 1 00 

Oakland. Calif,— 

Naomi O Bishop 714 lo.oo 

L. G Bishop 715 lo.Qo 

Dpnia. Fla. — 

Mrs. Lucy Bond 716-B 200.00 

Mrs Lucy Bond 717 10.00 

San Diego. Calif. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Julius Sturz 718-B 100,00 

Logansport. Ind. — 

Rev, and Mrs. G. W. Kinzie 719 15.00 

Davton. Ohio (N. Riverdale) — 

Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Webster 720-B 9 00 

Mrs. Eliy-'beth Campbell .• 721-B 100.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Eisner 722-B 30 00 

Mr, and Mrs. C. Hautt 723-B 12.00 

Mrs, Cozv Getter 724-B 25.00 

Mr and Mrs. Edison Yoder 725-B 25.00 

Miss Ellen Van der Molen 726-B 5.00 

Dallas Center. Iowa — 

A. Emmert 727.3 75.00 

M'^versdale. Pa. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Yoder 728-B 5 00 

Lake Odess-i. Mich. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Utter 729-B 25.00 

Mr. Harold Hayes 730-B 2.00 

Summary of Gifts. October-December 

General Fund SI. 332.67 

Building Fund 7 2n3 99 

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The departure of Rev. Edward 
Miller and family was delayed two 
days because of a postponement in 
the sailing date of the ship that will 
take them to Brazil. They left Wi- 
nona in the midst of a sleet storm 
February 13, expecting to sail from 
New York February 17. 

Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman, of 
Waynesboro, Pa., has accepted a call 
to the new Patterson Park church in 
Dajrton, Ohio. 

The new address of Rev. L. Ray 
Layman is 21 Perm St., Waynesboro, 

Sealed bids of contractors for the 
construction of the new Grace Sem- 
inary building will be opened in Fort 
Wayne, Ind., Maixh 2. 

Dr. Carl Mclntyre spoke at the 
First Church, Long Beach, Calif., 
February 8, on his return from 
Bangkok. Jack Wyrtzen spoke at 
the church at a special rally Feb- 
ruary 16. The Moody film, "Dust or 
Destiny," was shown at Fifth and 
Cherry on two nights, Febniary 9 
and 10. 

Rev. Carl Brydon's new address is 
2571 Treasure Drive, Santa Barbara, 

Rev. Reuben E. Larsen, co-direc- 
tor of Radio Station HCJB in Quito, 
Ecuador, spoke at the church in San 
Diego, Calif., January 22. 

The WinoTW. Lake, Ind., church has 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Washington 20, D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

a Singspiration after the evening 
service on alternate Sunday nights. 
Five members were received into 
the church February 12. 

The birthday dirmer served by the 
ladies of the Yakima, Wash., church 
after the morning service February 
12 was in honor of Evangelist Charles 
Ashman, not Abraham Lincoln. 

Rev. and Mrs. Vernon Harris were 
honored guests at the monthly meet- 
ing of the Central District ministers 
at Fort Wayne, Ind., February 20. 
They are leaving the district to take 
up the mission work in Portland, 

Rev. Virgil Sorge is pastor of the 
Clearbrook church, near Roanoke, 
Va. His address is 418 Highland, 
S. E., Roanoke. 

Rev. and Mrs. George Richardson 
are grandparents now, since the 
birth of a daughter, Amette Loreze, 
to Mr. and Mrs. Arney Ingels at 
Glendale, Calif., February 3. 

Mrs. Victoria Polman, mother of 
Rev. Leo Polman, died January 30 
at Los Angeles, Calif. Rev. Glenn 
O'Neal officiated at the memorial 
service February 2. Mrs. Polman 
had been ill for about six months. 

The enrollment at the San Gabriel 
Valley Academy, Brethren day 
school associated with the church in 
Temple City, Calif., has reached 100, 
whereas there were only 60 pupils 
last fall. Helen Frazee-Bower, na- 
tionally known writer, was the 
speaker at a recent parent-teacher 
fellowship meeting of the school. 

Members of the Temple City, Calif., 
church passed out 6,000 tracts with- 
in just a few blocks at the Rose 
Parade. The adult C. E. society's 
new project is a drinking fountain 
for the church and school. 

At Jenners, Pa., Rev. Elmer Sachs 
was well received in the school, and 
50 boys attended his meeting after 
school. Attendance at the evening 
service was 164. 

At Beaumont, Calif., 40 believers 
participated in the February 2 com- 
munion service and seven others 
witnessed the rite. 

Rev. and Mrs. James Marshall are 
still waiting for their permanent visa 
to Argentina, but while they wait 
they are doing house-to-house visi- 
tation. Brother Marshall preached 
at Canton, Ohio, February 12. 

Fifteen new members have been 
received into the Flora, Ind., church 
since the first of the year. 

Average Sunday school attendance 

at Roanoke, Va., in January was 235, 
with a morning service average of 
229 and an average of 191 in the eve- 
ning; 308 different people attended 
the Sunday school some tinie during 
the month. Four gospel teams are 
busy each week. The Home Mission 
offering was the largest in the his- 
tory of the church. Rev. R. D. Bar- 
nard was the speaker at Roanoke 
February 18 at a Southeast District 
youth missionary rally. 

Ground breaking for the new 
southern California district mission 
church on Washington Boulevard 
will take place Sunday, February 26. 

Rev. Henry Bates has been added 
to the staff of Ashland Seminary. 
Dean M. A. Stuckey has returned 
to the faculty from a semester of 
travel in Europe and Mexico, and 
Dr. Leslie Lindower has begun his 
leave to attend Ohio State Univer- 
sity seeking a higher degree. 

Bro. Sam Doney, of Mobile, Ala., 
would be interested in learning the 
names and addresses of other Breth- 
ren people, or others who would be 
interested in starting a Brethren 
work in that city. His address is 258 
Congress St., Mobile 16. 

The men's Bible class of the First 
Church, Philadelphia, Pa., had charge 
of the Sunday evening service Feb- 
ruary 12. 

Rev. James Hammer was the Sun- 
day morning speaker at Jenners, Pa., 
February 19, which was Anniversary 
Day. Rev. Gerald Polman spoke in 
the afternoon, and Rev. Lowell Hoyt 
in the evening. These same three 
ministers preached at the dedication 
services one year ago. The Jenners 
church was organized just three 
years ago. 

Copies of the new Brethren Jun- 
ior-Intermediate Quarterly have 
been mailed to all pastors and to 
Sunday school superintendents 
whose addresses were available. If 
you wish to examine one, see your 
pastor. If you want the recom- 
mended fiannelgraph lessons, please 
order early. 

The Manual of Procedure is being 
printed in loose-leaf form so that it 
may be inserted in the Brethren 
Minister's Handbook. Price will be 
published as soon as available. 

If you have a change of address 
the Post OfHce Department expects 
you to notify the Missionary Herald 
office. If you faU, your magazines 
are returned to us, and we must pay 
two cents each for them. 

February 25, 7950 



By REV. ALAN S. PEARCE, Washington, D. C. 

When studying the third chapter 
of the Gospel of John some time 
ago, I was impressed by the usage 
of the word "must," which first ap- 
pears in the seventh verse, where 
our Lord converses with Nicodemus 
relative to the necessity of the new 
birth. Next we find it used in verse 
14, where it is used to denote the 
absolute necessity of the sacrifice of 
Christ upon Calvary's cross. And 
lastly, in verse 30, John uses the 
word to emphasize the importance of 
the Lordship of Christ in the life of 
a believer. We were led in our 
study to other passages in Scripture 
where this word was used which we 
shall briefly set forth in this article, 
designating them as "Bible Imper- 
atives." Keep in mind, as we study 
together, the meaning of the word 
"imperative" which, according to 
Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is 
"Elxpressive of command, entreaty, 
or exhortation. Not to be avoided 
or evaded; obligatory, binding, com- 
pulsory; as, an imperative task." 

7. The Imperative of the Atone- 
ment, John 3:14, "And as Moses lift- 
ed up the serpent in the wilderness, 
even so must the Son of man be 
lifted up" (cf. John 12:34; Acts 17:3; 
Matt. 16:21; Mark 8:31; Heb. 9:16). 

The manner and necessity of 
Christ's death is hereby illustrated 
by the reference to the brazen ser- 
pent which Moses placed upon a 
pole and erected it so that all who 
had been bitten by serpents because 
of their murmurings and complain- 
ings against God's leading, could 
look upon it and live. Just as men 
were saved from physical death by 
looking to the serpent, so by looking 
to Christ who "was lifted up to die" 
is man saved today from eternal 
death. "Look unto me, and be ye 
saved, all the ends of the earth" (Isa. 
45:22). Christ not only revealed the 
way of salvation but He made it. 
Such is the force of the words "lifted 
up." See John 8:28; 12:32-34. "For 
he hath made him to be sin for us, 
who knew no sin; that we might be 
made the righteousness of God in 
him" (II Cor. 5:21). "God was in 
Christ, reconciling the world unto 
himself, not imputing their tres- 
passes unto them" (II Cor. 5:19). 

Lifted up was He to die, 
"It is finished," was His cry; 
Full atonement! can it be! 
Hallelujah! What a Saviour! 

A young girl looked to the cross 
of Christ for salvation, and passing 
from death unto life, was gloriously 
saved. A few days later she re- 
ceived an invitation to join a worldly 
set. She sought the advice of her 
pastor. (Would that more young 
people would follow her example!) 
Instead of settling the matter for 
her, the pastor drew on paper a 
picture of the cross. On the left side 

he wrote, "The world, the flesh, the 
devil"; on the right side, "Resur- 
rection, Ascension, Second Coming." 
Handing the paper to the girl, he 
asked her to write "Fancy Dress 
Ball," the initiation to joining the 
worldly set, on one side of the cross. 
She thought for a moment. On the 
right side? No, it will not do there. 
Beside the crown of thorns? No, 
indeed. At the foot of the grave 
through which she passed at bap- 
tism? No, not there. Finally she 
decided it should go at the left side. 
Another young person said, "When 
I found Jesus, and Jesus found me, 
I lost all my taste for questionable 
pleasure. I went the other night to 
see what held me, but came out in 10 
minutes and never returned." Let 
His cross be the barrier between 
your former life and your present 
life. It will help you in deciding 
doubtful matters. 

71. The Im,perative of the Resur- 
rection, John 20:9, "For as yet they 

knew not the scripture, that he mvst 
rise again from the dead." 

Just as essential as it was for 
Christ to die upon the cross for our 
sins, so it was as absolutely imper- 
ative that He should rise from the 
dead on the third day. If Christ did 
not rise from the dead. He would 
have been a false prophet and a de- 
ceiver, for He distinctly claimed He 
would rise (see Matt. 16:21; 20:19; 
Mark 9:9; John 2:19, etc.). Chris- 
tians would of all men be most mis- 
erable since there can be no atone- 
ment, no salvation, no life beyond 
the grave, if so be that Christ never 
rose from the dead (see I Cor. 15: 
12-19). Said one, "The resurrection 
of Jesus Christ from the dead is the 
Gibraltar of Christian evidence and 
the Waterloo of infidelity and ra- 

The resurrection of Christ from 
the dead is one of the two funda- 
mental truths of the Gospel, the 
other being His death upon the 
cross, upon which rests the believ- 
er's hope of everlasting life. This 
leads us to the next Bible imi>era- 
tive, namely, 

777. The Imperative of Salvation. 
Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation 
in any other: for there is none other 
name under heaven given among 
men, whereby we must be saved." 

This verse is often misquoted, 
using the word "can" instead of the 
word "must." No other plan could 
meet the demands of a just God. 
Christ, and Christ alone, paid the 
penalty for our sins. He died in our 
stead. "But God commendeth his 
love toward us, in that, while we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us" 
(Rom. 5:8). 

In the Napoleonic campaigns, a 
man was drafted in France. Unable 
to go, he hired a substitute, paying 
a good price, which was then p>er- 
missible. The man went to war and 
fell in battle. In a subsequent draft 
this same man was again drafted. He 
went to the recruiting officer, pro- 
duced his papers, proving he had 
hired a substitute who had died on 
the battlefield. The following entry 
was consequently placed opposite his 
name: "Died in the person of his 
substitute on the battlefield of Riv- 


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oli." Such is a faint picture of man's 
redemption. Closely allied to this 
imperative is, 

JV. The Imperative of the New 
Birth, John 3:3, 7, "Except a man be 
born again [anew, from above], he 
cannot see [enter] the kingdom of 
God . . . Marvel not that I said unto 
thee, ye must be bom again." 

Since nothing that defileth can 
enter heaven, sinful man must be 
given a new nature, and thus we 
read in II Corinthians 5:17 that "if 
any man be in Christ, he is a new 
creature [new creation]; old things 
are passed away; behold, all things 
are become new." 

This new life is not earned by any 
good works that we may do, but it 
is all of grace, freely bestowed upon 
all who believe, for, "as m^ny as 
received him, to them gave he the 
right (A.S.V.) to become children of 
God, even to them that believe on his 


Congressman Graham A. Barden 
of North Carolina, author of the 
famous Barden bill in the 81st Con- 
gress, and prominent Presbyterian 
layman, will speak at the Eighth An- 
nual Convention of the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals April 18-21 
in Indianapolis, Ind., Dr. R. L. Deck- 
er, executive secretary, has an- 
nounced. Representatives of 65 
Protestant denominations wUl attend 
the gathering in the Roberts Park 
Methodist Church to map out a 
strategy of evangelical action for the 
coming year. 

The theme of the convention is 
"God's Word for God's World." 
Highlighting the program will be Dr. 
Harold J. Ockenga, Dr. Paul S. Rees, 
and Dr. Leslie R. Marston. Other 
addresses will be made by Dr. Frank 
Gigliotti, Rev. Henry Bast, Rev. Roy 
S. HoUomon, Rev. C. C. Burnett, and 
Dr. Frank Gaebelein. Dr. Stephen 
W. Paine, president of Houghton 
College, Houghton, N. Y., and pres- 
ident of the NAE, will deliver an 
address on the convention theme. 

A special feature is the report of 
the committee on international co- 
operation of evangelicals, of which 
Dr. J. Elwin Wright, of Boston, is 
secretary. This committee will pre- 
sent to the convention a number of 
outstanding evangelical leaders from 
other parts of the world. 

name" (John 1:12). Just as the 
mineral cannot force its way up into 
the vegetable kingdom, but the 
wheat may reach down and incor- 
porate into its texture the metal of 
the rich soil; nor can the vegetable 
force its way up into the animal 
kingdom, but the cow or horse can 
partake of it, and it becomes part of 
them; nor can the animal force its 
way up into the human, so the hu- 
man cannot force itself into the di- 
vine, but as in the Incarnation, the 

divine stoops to our fallen level, and 
makes us partakers of the divine na- 
ture. Is this not what our Lord 
meant when He said, "No man can 
come to me, except the Father which 
hath sent me draw him: and I will 
raise him up at the last day" (John 

"Man of sorrows, what a name 
For the Son of God who came 
Ruined sinners to reclaim! 
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!" 


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By Ralph Colbum 

A new feature for the new year! 
Yes, once a month we hope to pre- 
sent a new Gospel chorus, never be- 
fore published, and written by some- 
one in one of our Brethren churches. 
Who knows, perhaps some of these 
choruses may become nationally 
popular! Where wiU we get them? 
Maybe from youl Have you ever 
thought of writing a chorus? Have 
you had a tune buzzing around in 
your head? We'll welcome your 
original chorus, fully harmonized, or 

with just words and melody, and if 
it's really singable, we'll publish it! 
Send us a good, legible copy, on 
music paper, and we'll put it through 
our tests! Charles Bergerson, of 
Akron, wiU help us on the music 

Our first chorus-of-the-month was 
written by Richard Foote, of our 
Fort Wayne Church. We under- 
stand that his wife had a hand in it, 
too! The congregation at Fort 
Wayne enjoyed singing it. Try it 
out in your church. 

February 25, 1950 



In these days when Sunday schools 
have a tendency to diminish rather 
than increase, a progressive, ener- 
getic promoter is needed more than 
ever to head up the Sunday school. 
No matter how well trained may be 
the teachers and how excellent the 
lessons, unless someone can serve as 
an administrator who wUl protect 
and promote the teaching ministry, 
the Sunday school will faU. In or- 
der to be a successful superintendent 
five things are necessary. 

I. He must have a full realization 

oj the great importance of his 

The concensus of opinion is that 
the Sunday school is the most indis- 
pensable institution in America. The 
man who heads the Sunday school, 
then, must recognize with the lead- 
ers of America something of the 
significance and importance of his 

II. The superintendent must recog- 
nize that his success lies not so 
much in his doing the work, as 
in seeing that it is done. 

The superintendent is an overseer. 
In the factory this is best under- 
stood under the title of manager. 
His business is to find a place for 
every worker, look after his work, 
assist beginners, and have the gen- 
eral supervision over the work. His 

"No rules for success in building 
the Sunday school will work unless 
you work." 

success as an overseer will be deter- 
mined not by what work he person- 
ally accomplishes, but rather the 
amount of work he can get from 

With this in mind no superintend- 
ent should be satisfied until he has a 
complete department organization in 
his Sunday school, and a full corps 
of workers for each department. 
These workers must meet in month- 
ly conference to plan the work, and 
to make sure that the plans are 

117. The superintendent must real- 
ize that his work is promotion 
rather than education. 
The superintendent must be a 
man of action. He must publicize 
his school, see that proper facilities 
are available for the teaching min- 
istry, maintain the unity of the 
school so that it arrives at its goal. 
Enthusiasm and the ability to im- 
part that enthusiasm wUl be a great 
asset. Nothing contributes more ef- 
fectively to a successful Sunday 

"Now a good administrator is sim- 
ply a man who can set up an organ- 
ization that can run efficiently with- 
out him." 

school than the prevailing impres- 
sion on the part of everyone asso- 
ciated with it that in his opinion it is 
a successful Sunday school. The su- 
perintendent must always be far 
ahead of his school in plans and 

IV. The successjxd superintendent 

must understand that the ira- 

provement oj his school will 

depend upon the ability and 

the size of his teaching staff. 

The teacher is the hinge upon 

which the Sunday school door 

swings, and the superintendent that 

gives his first and foremost attention 

to the selecting and training of a 

teaching staff will soon find himself 

at the head of a successful Sunday 

school. A great school must be the 

e.xpression of great personalities. It 

is the pupil's contact with life and 

not with books that affects his own 

life. Trained teachers is the one and 

only sure cure for Sunday school 


V. The successful superintendent 
must ever remind himself of the 
obligation of the Sunday school 
to reach its constituency. 

No Sunday school is possible with- 
out pupils. The Sunday school has 
committed to it one of the phases of 
the education of people, that is their 
religious training. The superintend- 

ent who has come to the realization 
that he is responsible for the great 
army of the unreached will be well 
on his way in reaching them. He 
must reach them, and can engage in 
no greater missionary activity. For 
every one enrolled in the Sunday 
school there are two that are not. 
The field is before us, and we must 
give account unto God for it. Su- 
perintendent! reach out for the un- 
reached, and you wiU have a great, 
successful Sunday school. 


The personal contact of the teach- 
er with the home is the surest and 
best means of interesting parents in 
the educational ministry of the Sun- 
day school. There are, however, 
many additional ways in which the 
church can help parents. Here are 
a few: 

1. Make it known to the parents 
that the Sunday school is interested 
in them and has a special depart- 
ment for the home. 

2. Have literature available for 
lending or free distribution: pam- 
phlets, booklets, books, and maga- 
zines. This literature should of 
course be home-centered. 

3. Have the pastor or an outside 
speaker talk occasionally on some 
phase of home problems. Stress at- 
tendance of mothers at such meet- 

4. If feasible, organize a class in 
the Sunday school for young par- 

"No thing wUts Sunday school lau- 
rels like resting on them." 

ents. A tactful teacher will use les- 
sons that contain easily made appli- 
cations to home problems. 

5. A quarterly meeting of Sun- 
day school teachers and parents can 
do much to create better under- 
standing. It gives an opportunity to 
talk over problems, to present sug- 
gestions for family worship, and to 
set ideals before those present 

6. Organize a parent-teacher-of- 
ficer association. — Church School 


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^RETfiREn OF Today 


Two weeks after Rev. Fred Fogle, 
pastor of the church in Ankenytown, 
Ohio, made a definite decision to 
prepare for full-time Christian serv- 
ice he found himself in Grace Sem- 
inary. At the time he made the de- 
cision he was serving in the United 

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States Merchant Marine Cadet 
Corps. A little over three years 
later he was pastor of a Brethren 

Fred Fogle was bom in Washing- 
ton, D. C, December 27, 1924, and 
he attended Sunday school at the 
Brethren church in that city rather 
regiilarly, from the Cradle RoU up. 
But it was not untU he was 17 years 
old that he was converted. On Sun- 
day morning, July 4, 1942, imder the 
ministry of Pastor Bernard Schnei- 
der, Brother Fogle saw his need of a 
Saviour. He says, "The Holy Spirit 
used the Word to such an extent that 
I felt he was preaching right at me, 
and I knew I needed Christ." Im- 
mediately he became a member of 
the young men's gospel team of the 

However, conversion did not bring 
about an immediate decision to en- 
ter full-time Christian work. He 
had plans to be an engineer. He 
studied Mechanical Engineering for 
two and one-third years at the Uni- 
versity of Maryland, and Marine En- 
gineering for a year in the Merchant 
Marine Academy. He was a mem- 
ber of the American Society of Me- 
chanical Engineers. But engineer- 
ing was left behind quickly when he 
responded to God's call to the min- 
istry. During his course at the sem- 
inary he took some additional col- 
lege work at Manchester College, 
and graduated from the seminary in 
1949 with the Th.B. degree. 

Fred Fogle weis ordained to the 
Brethren ministry at Washington, D. 

C, December 31, 1948. Dr. L. S. 
Bauman and Dr. P. R. Bauman were 
the participating elders. 

During his seminary days he was 
student pastor of the Grace Bible 
Church of Syracuse, Ind. In Jan- 
uary, 1949, he began his present 
pastorate at Ankenytown. 

Though stUl a young man, and 
having spent most of his life in 
school, still Brother Fogle has seen 
quite a bit of the world. While serv- 
ing in the Merchant Marine during 
the war he made trips to France, 
Wales, and the Philippine Islands. 

His wife, Maurita (sister of Rev. 
M. L. Myers, of Martinsburg, W. 
Va.), is also from Washington, D. C. 
She assists in the church music and 
conducts a small Junior Church. 


Baptist churches, like many others, 
profess to believe in the separation 
of church and state. But the South - 
em Baptists have recently proved 
themselves to be sincere on this 
point, even when it costs them 
money (which is a pretty good test 
of one's convictions). 

They support seven hospitals in 
Texas. When approached about re- 
ceiving state aid the Baptist General 
Convention of Texas declared, "It 
would be nothing short of tragic for 
any of our institutions to weaken our 
testimony by accepting such aid." 
Alabama Baptists rejected a prof- 
fered gift of $2,000,000 for theu- state 

They have a daughter, Beckie Mau- 
rita, 2, Eind a son, Victor Fredrick, 1, 
Fred Fogle is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 
weighs 145 pounds, and has brown 
eyes and hair. 



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But Where Are the Children? 

By R. I. HUMBERD, Flora, Ind. 

"Where are the children?" 

"Oh, they go to school; therefore 
they cannot come to church because 
they must get their homework." 

"Where is Sarah?" 

"Oh, she plays her horn; there- 
fore she cannot come because if she 
misses one practice, she cannot play 
in the band." 

"Where is Charles?" 

"Oh, he is playing basketball; 
therefore he cannot come because 
they want the best team in the 

And so "they all with one consent 
began to make excuse ... I say 
unto you. That none of those men 
which were bidden shall taste of my 
supper" (Luke 14:18, 24). 

"Love not the world" (I John 2:15) 
for the world does not love our 
Lord, and few indeed are the par- 
ents who steadfastly seek to keep 
their children from becoming too 
familiar with the ways of this world. 

"School Doings" 

But what is wrong with "school 
doings"? Let us ask another ques- 
tion. What is wrong with eating and 
drinking, buying and selling, plant- 
ing and building? Yet these are the 
very things our Lord mentions that 
characterized the life of Sodom. Just 
the ordinary things that are per- 
mitted to come in between a soul 
and his God — "Even thus shall it be 
in the day when the Son of man is 
revealed" (Luke 17:28, 30). 

It was as our Lord warned of these 
things that He uttered just three 
words, but words that might well 
chill the stoutest heart — "Remember 
Lot's wife." Let us look back at 
Mother Lot. 

"Hurry! Hurry! Not a moment 
to spare! Sodom will soon be de- 

"Crazy on Religion" 

Such was the scene in the home 
of Father and Mother Lot that sad 
night. The evening before, two 
heavenly messengers had entered 
the city. Lot had hastened to enter- 
tain them. Before morning the an- 
gels made their errand known. They 
were sent to warn him that Sodom 

would be destroyed in a few short 
hours. The message struck terror to 
the hearts of Father and Mother Lot. 
What were they to do? In that 
doomed city lived their daughters, 
who had married men of Sodom. 

Father Lot rushed out into the 
midnight air. He went straight to 
his daughter's home nearby. Yes, 
they were stOl up. A bright light 
shone out of their house. Lot en- 
tered and in great excitement told 

them the terrible news. But they 
made light of his warning. 

"Well, Wifey, what's wrong with 
the old man? He's gone crazy on 

"Now, Father, don't go on so; we 
have been to a dance, and just got 
home. We are too tired to go with 

"My Innocent Girls" 

Thoroughly aroused now to his 
terrible position, he started home. 
Mother Lot had been in great sus- 
pense during his absence. Her mind 
had wandered back to the days 
when she had a happy home with 
innocent, frolicking daughters about 
her. They lived in the open country 
then. But it was not so now. On a 
snd day they had pitched their tent 
toward Sodom. They were rich and 
their coming made a gi'eat stir 
among the "upper class." 

It made her a little uncomfortable 
at first to see her daughters keeping 
late hours, playing cards, dancing, 
and going to the theaters, but she 
must not be too harsh on them. 
Young people must have their fun. 

As she sat alone, waiting for Father 
Lot's return, she exclaimed, "O fool- 
ish woman that I was! My innocent 

girls were placed in godless society, 
and all because I forgot God." 

At this moment she was startled 
by the sound of approaching foot- 
steps and hastened to the door to 
meet Father Lot. Where are the 
girls? No answer was necessary. 
They had no time to talk, for a 
heavy hand pushed them to the door 
and into the street, and a stem voice 
commanded them to hasten. When 
they came to the gate of the city, 
they were given their orders — "Es- 
cape for thy life, look not behind 

Her Own Fault 

Mother Lot's heart ached as she 
trudged on. Oh, her poor daughters! 
Only a few moments and their flesh 
will sizzle in the terrible fire from 
heaven. Well did she know that the 
burden of blame rested on her 
shoulders. She should have kept 
her daughers closer at home. 

Just now they were passing a 
large shade tree. It brought back 
the memory of a few years ago as 
they were moving into Sodom. They 
had stopped to rest in the shade of 
this very tree. She remembered the 
beautiful scene as her daughters 
played in the shade that day. There 
was the spring where they quenched 
their thirst. There was the big root 
where a chubby foot was bruised. 
There was the rock on which she 
was sitting when the little wound 
was healed by a mother's kiss. Oh, 
those innocent children! They were 
soon to be destroyed because Mother 
had forgotten God! 


She could stand it no longer. It 
may be they are coming. She will 

What is that? It stands so still. Is 
it Mother Lot? No; it is a pillar of 

What a monument erected on 
those plains! What a warning to 
parents from that time to this! How 
the words of Christ ring through the 
centuries, "Remember Lot's wife." 
What a warning to fathers and 
mothers who are "easing up" on son 
or daughter. 

Remember Lot's wife. 


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Greetings in the blessed name of 
Jesus. We here at Clay City First 
Brethren Church are praising the 
Lord for a very fruitful and soul- 
stirring revival. From January 16 
to 29 Dr. R. L. Rossman, of Altoona, 
Pa., preached the Word, and attend- 
ance was never below 44 and as high 
as 116, with an average of 70. Two 
new members were received by 
transfer and others will be received 
as soon as baptismal arrangements 
have been completed. — C. A. Flow- 
ers, ■pastor. 

It was indeed a blessed privilege 
and experience for me to work with 
the pastor and people of the Clay 
City church and community in a 
two-weeks revival effort. This was 
a glorious meeting from severed 

We arrived in Clay City on Mon- 
day, January 16, in spite of the flood 
waters which had almost cut off 
motor routes to the city, in time for 
the opening of the meeting that eve- 
ning. From the first service there 
was manifested a spirit of revival, 
and the attendance was quite good. 
Pastors and members of other con- 
gregations of the city and commu- 
nity were present from time to time 
and assisted with the special music 
from evening to evening. 

Having pastored this congregation 
for several years during the period 
of World War II, we were somewhat 
acquainted with the need as well as 
with the field. We were happy to 
find the people ■working with their 
beloved pastor and his good wife. 
Rev. and Mrs. Charles A. Flowers, 
in seeking to reach the unsaved for 
Christ. We found them to be sincere 
workers for our Lord and with a 
deep interest in lost souls. 

As we visited in the homes from 
day to day and gave testimony and 
witness to the saving grace of God 
in Christ we know that His Word 
will not return void. There were 
those who were reclaimed for our 
Lord as well as some for first-time 
decisions for Christ. There were 
many of the members of the church 
who came in reconsecration of their 
lives for a closer walk with the Lord. 
There were still others who, under 
deep conviction of sin, went away 
without Christ and to return to the 
services no more. For them, we 
urge your sincere prayers. 

We anticipate a successful and 
blessed ministry for the Clay City 
church under the leadership of Pas- 
tor and Mrs. Flowers, and unite our 
prayers with those of the Brother- 
hood for a strong Brethren testi- 
mony there. The meetings closed 
on Sunday evening, January 29, but 
we trust and pray that the revival 
spirit might long continue and that 
many more souls will turn to Christ. 
For all that has been accomplished, 
to Christ be all the glory. — Randall 
L. Rossman, evangelist. 


Believe it or not, but this is the 
first evangelistic campaign that I 
have held in this church. I have 
been here for conferences and other 
interests, but never for a revival. I 
looked forward to it with pleasure 
and look back to it with joy. 

It was a great meeting. Scores of 
decisions v/ere made. Lives and 
homes were transformed. A large 
group of "intercessors" was formed. 
These will meet every Thursday 
night to pray for the unsaved untU 
the Lord returns. About 40 volun- 
teers became "The Pastor's Soul- 
Winners Band" to keep seeking souls 
till they are either saved, or they 
die, but never give anyone up. Many 
of the men signed a covenant to pray 
at least 15 minutes every day for lost 
souls and to spend a definite period 
each day in the study of the Word. 
The vision of Brethren laymen is 
rising fast. They realize that our 
time is short in which to reach men 
for Christ. They are going to be 
heard from if Jesus tarries. 

The real secret of this Sunnyside 
campaign and its great harvest was 
prayer, continuous, broken-hearted 
prayer. For months before the cam- 
paign opened the pastor had a small 
group of faithful men of the church 
who met with him every week for 
"prayer unlimited." One Saturday 
night they prayed all night. During 
the meeting there was a prayer 
meeting every morning at 10. The 
preacher met with me every morn- 
ing for a couple of hours of prayer. 
Then there was a prayer meeting 
each evening for one-half hour for 
men, one for women, one for young 
people, and one for chUdren. Prayer 
wrought the victory in Sunnyside, 
and it will do it anywhere. God help 

our people to go back and "do the 
first works," and really pray for lost 

Bro. Ned CoUingridge, the pastor, 
has a love for lost men seldom found 
in a young minister. God will mul- 
tiply his harvest till Jesus comes. — 
R. Paul Miller, evangelist. 


The new year of 1950 commenced 
with times of real spiritual refresh- 
ing at the First Church, Long Beach. 
The 15th annual Torrey Memorial 
Bible Conference was held the first 
week in January with such notable 
Christian speakers as Dr. Harry 
Ironside, Dr. R. R. Brown, and Dr. 
J. Sidlow Baxter. 

Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter, from Edin- 
burgh, Scotland, conducted a week's 
Bible conference later in the month, 
with our auditorium filled every 
night. The deeper, devotional, vic- 
torious life in Christ was stressed in 
his inimitable, humorous, yet spir- 
itual manner. Many were the bless- 
ings of that series of meetings, as 
Scripture was applied in practical 
phases of our lives. Christ was truly 
pointed out as "the Way, the Truth, 
and the Life." 

Dr. Paul Bauman spoke to the 
congregation Sunday morning, Feb- 
ruary 5, regarding the need in Japan 
for both the written Word and 
Christian witnesses. He touched on 
the need of the Christian Arabs in 
Palestine and challenged us to take 
up the responsibility of helping har- 
vest in the Lord's mission field. 

"For we are his workmanship, 
created in Christ Jesus unto good 
works, which God hath before or- 
dained that we should walk in 
them." — Church Reporter. 


According to figures released by 
the Department of Commerce for 
1948, American churches and charity 
got about seven-tenths of one per 
cent of the national income. That 
means that the average American 
gives less than one-tenth of the tithe 
to all religious and charitable insti- 

By way of contrast we spent 5 per 
cent for alcohol, 4 per cent for recre- 
ation, 16 per cent for taxes, and we 
saved 7 per cent. 

February 25, 1950 






Collegiate Division of Grace Theological Seminary 


The subjects taught cover two full years and include Bible, English, History, Greek, 
Philosophy, Psychology, Logic, Ethics, Science, and Music 

The Collegiate Faculty for 1950-1951 will include at least five competent teachers 
who have completed either two or three years of graduate study. 


Fall semester begins September 7. Approved for Veteran training. Tuition charges 
low. Write for informotion. Since admission for 1950 must be limited, those desiring 

to enter should apply at once. 

Dr. Alva J. McClain Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President Dean and Registrar 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

136 The Brethren Missionary' Herald February 25, 1950 

, No. 9— March 4, 1950 




Editor, Foreign Mission Number 

The Easter Offering 

Pastors, Church Treasui-ers, and Church Secretaries, 
please take notice. All money sent by you for foreign 
missions — actually mailed to us dui-ing the month of 
February, will be reported in our next (April) issue of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. All money sent on 
March 1st, and thereafter untU June, will be entered as 
a part of THE EASTER OFFERING. Individuals send- 
ing gifts, and desh-ing them to be reported as a part of 
the offering where their membership is held, should 
always let us know to what local church they belong. 
Please, everybody, send in your reports as early as 
possible. Send all money and all reports to 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church 

or to 

Louis S. Bauman, Treasurer, 
1925 East Fifth Street, 
Long Beach 12, Calif. 

Personal letters, calling for an answer, should be sent to 
the Treasurer addressed thus: 

3712 Carpenter St. S. E., 
Washington 20, D. C. 

Of course, should money be sent to my Washington ad- 
dress, it will be properly cared for, and duly foi^warded 
to the Financial Secretary m Long Beach. 

The Pope's "Holy Year" 

Pope Pius XII has officially proclaimed 1950 as a "holy 
year." It wUl be the 26th regular celebration of the 
Roman Catholic Church since the year 1300. The Pope, 
in the most solemn bull that he has issued, has called 
upon the members of the Roman Catholic world to make 
a pilgrimage of peace to Rome during the "holy year." 
He has promised a full pardon for all sins to all Cath- 
olics who visit Rome's four largest churches, and who 


Our cover picture shows a Brethren missionary's 
child talking and playing with a iiative chUd in 
Africa. Who is the missionary? And who is the 
child? Well, we are not going to tell you — for the 
simple reason that we don't know! Perhaps the 
missionaries can help us when they see the picture. 
But the child is one of the missionary children that 
your money is helping to support. We forget some- 
times that such children must be supported. And it 
is worth while. In the first place, children are a joy 
and comfort to the missionary parents. Second, the 
children actually aid the missionaries in their work 
of reaching the native fathers and mothers. And 
finally, some of these children return to the field as 
missionaries when they grow up. Don't forget to 
pray for these little missionaries. 

perform therein the prescribed rituals during the "holy 
year." Thus he would have the world believe that sal- 
vation can be obtained by visiting churches and per- 
forming rituals in the buUdmgs that the Pope has des- 

Now the Word of God declares (and this is written in 
the Roman Catholic Bible also) "that if thou shalt con- 
fess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in 
thine heart that God hath raised him fi-om the dead, 
thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the 
name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:9, 13). We 
do not read anywhere that it is necessary to visit any 
certain church, or to do your calling in any certain clime. 
That is sheer priestly presumption. 

A Roman Catholic is not one whit less of a pagan in 
this Papal teaching, than is the Moslem hadji, who be- 
lieves that, since he has made a had] (a pilgrimage to 
Mecca), he is assured of a home in heaven. The differ- 
ence between the Roman Catholic's pilgrimage to Rome 
and the Moslem's pilgrimage to Mecca is the difference 
between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. The son of a 
Moslem had] from Persia once told me that in Persia, 
if a man has made a trip to Mecca, they watch him 
closely, for he can do anything he pleases and yet go to 
heaven, for he has made the journey to Mecca! Why 
should it be any different with the Roman Catholic who 
makes the journey to Rome this "holy year"? 

Our Terrified Intelligentsia 

Three weeks ago (Feb. 13th), Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt 
conducted a television show over the National Broad- 
casting Company's network. Among her guests were 
Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Institute for 
Advanced Study; David E. Lilienthal, retiring chairman 
of the Atomic Energy Commission; Senator McMahon of 
Connecticut, chairman of the Joint Senate-House Com- 
mittee on Atomic Energy; Dr. D. W. Bronk, president of 
Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Hans Bethe, Cornell 
University physicist; and Harry Winne, vice president 
of the General Electric Company. From all reports, cold 
sweat stood out in great drops on the foreheads of all 
these gentlemen as they received by transcription a 
message from Dr. Albert Einstein (who was unable to 
be present in person), warning them that mankind wUI 
have to stop fighting or disappear from the face of the 
earth! Development and use of the hydrogen bomb, he 
declared, might cause the "annihilation of any life on 
earth" through radio-active poisoning of the atmosphere. 
Einstein is the man who gave the scientific world the 
theoretical knowledge it needed to make the hydrogen 
bomb. "Every step" mankind takes, he declared, "ap- 
pears as the unavoidable consequence of the preceding 
one. In the end, there beckons more and more clearly 
general annihilation." 

The very next day there appeared on the front page 
of the Evening Star (Washington, D. C), a cartoon 


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which we are printing herewith. It is a whole sermon 
in itself. It teUs its own story. The fellow on his knees 
may be Einstein himself! A few years ago the siren 
song of these "leaders of human thought" was: "O, our 
world is gi'owing better, better, better every day, in 
every way," ad infinitum. Their favorite poem was: 

"We men of earth here have the stuff 
Of Paradise — we have enough! 
We need no other thing to build 
The stairs into the Unfulfilled — 
No other ivory for the doors — 
No other marble for the floors — 
No other cedar for the beam 
And dome of man's immortal dream! 

"Here on the paths of every day- — 
Here on the common human way 
Is all the stuff the gods would take 
To build a heaven, to mold and make 
New Edens. Ours is the stuff sublime 
To build Eternity in time!" 

Today, these same "men of earth" are not so sure 
whether out of this "stuff 
sublime" the "gods" are go- 
ing to "buUd a heaven" or 
to buUd a hell! Personally, 
these "men of earth" get lit- 
tle sympathy from this ed- 
itor. Let them sweat! Let 
them crawl in with the 
groundhogs! They wOI only 
be fulfilling the "sure word 
of prophecy": 

"They worship the work 
of their own hands, that 
which their own fingers 
have made: and the mean 
man boweth down, and the 
great man humbleth him- 
self . . . And the loftiness of 
man shall be bowed down, 
and the haughtiness of men 
shall be made low: and the 
Lord alone shall be exalted 
in that day . . . And they 
shall go into the holes of 
the rocks, and into the caves 
of the earth ... In that day 
a man shall cast his idols 
. . . made for himself to 
worship, to the moles and 
to the bats; to go into the 
clefts of the rocks, and in- 
to the tops of the ragged 
rocks, for fear of the Lord, 
and for the glory of his 
majesty, when he ariseth to 
shake terribly the earth" 
(Isa. 2:8-21). 

The children of God need 

not join them in their fears. Of them it is written: "Be- 
cause thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also 
win keep thee from the hour of trial, that hour which is 
to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell 
upon the earth" (Rev. 3:10, ASV). Christians, remem- 
ber the Loi'd's own warning and "take heed to your- 
selves, lest . . . that day come upon you unawares. For 
as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the 
face of the whole earth" (Luke 21:34, 35). 

Think This Over! 

"God . . . hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, 
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to 
wit; that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto 
himself, not imputing their trespasses imto them; AND 
ONCILIATION." Do you believe that? You do if you 
believe the Bible. (See II Cor. 5:18-20.) Remember it 
was spoken to ALL Christians! Now then, answer this 
question: "What should be done with a man to whom a 
pardon for another had been given, with an order to 
deliver the same at once, if he should hold it back tiU 
the one for whom it was intended had been executed?" 

Groundhog Day — 1950 

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March 4, 1950 



By Russell D. Barnard 

Four hundred thousand people in western Oubangui- 
Chari province of French Equatorial Africa need you 
noiv! The territory which is our exclusive responsibility 
is about 800 miles inland from the Atlantic coast, or 
about 1,200 miles up the Congo and Oubangui rivers. It 
is about 500 miles north to south, and about 350 mUes 
east to west. The estimated population of 400,000 live 
in about 2.000 villages. Only about 600 of these villages 
have resident workers, either missionary or native. 

Over 6,000 people have accepted Christ in our Africa 
field last year, and most of these, with many others from 
former years, are in converts' classes. Over 2,500 of 
these from converts' classes were baptized by trine for- 
ward immersion last year. There are about 15,000 who 
give evidence of being born-again believers, although 
only about one-half of this number have as yet become 
members of the native churches. There are almost 1,000 
native workers — we would say "full-time" workers. 
These workers lead in classes and worship services for 
from five to seven days per week, often meeting for 
prayer with the faithful members for an hour before 
daylight in the morning, and usually for a worship serv- 
ice in the evening. 

Through the efforts of the missionaries and the native 
workers it is estimated that from 100,000 to 150,000 are 
hearing the Gospel with some degree of regularity, but 
250,000 to 300,000 are still without the Gospel, and at 
this very moment could not be saved if they should 
desire it — they have never heard the message of God's 
saving love. 

The missionaries are ceaseless in their efforts to "get 
the Gospel out," so much so that they are in many cases 
impairing their health. The native pastors are busy at 
the job, and are going from village to village. But in 
most cases those native pastors must work in the gar- 
dens to grow daUy food. Great progress is being made, 
but not so great as the progress of Satan. Most of those 
300,000 still unevangelized will go to Christless graves, 
unless we double and triple our efforts. 

Communism has intensified its effort. Brother Shel- 
don, who just returned to the field, can scarcely believe 
his eyes and ears — the difference is so great. He was 
away from the field only a little over a year. When 
Communism rules. God's work has a most difficult time. 

Catholicism, which has never been very strong in our 
area, has intensified its effort. Many new priests — white 
priests who speak perfect French — have entered the 
field. Two years ago, as we drove the 150-mile road 
from Boda to Yaloke, we saw six new Catholic chapels. 
Their effort has been .stepped up very much since that 
time. Nationalism gives serious concern. The natives 
in neighboring sections of Africa, possibly under Com- 
munistic influence, are saying in effect, "Get out of our 
country and stay out! We don't need you any more!" 
This attitude is not yet in our territory to our knowledge, 
but it is only a matter of time until it will be present 
with our missionaries. What we do in French Equatorial 
Africa, we must D^ NOW! Such is the challenge that 
faces us in Africa. 

But we face challenges from the direction of the 

homeland, too. AU of our mission fields are pleading for 
more workers. We have the workers ready to go. But 
we over-spent our income by $17,000.00 last year. Our 
Foreign Board feels that we must live within our budget. 
Our missionary force has been increased by 13 during 
this year — an increase of 27 percent. Our budget for this 
year with this increased force is $150,000.00. By strictest 
economy we can carry our work for that amount. If we 
fall much below that amount this year, and for the two 
or three following years, our Board will of necessity say, 
"Brother Bai-nard, which of the missionaries shall we 
recall? Some must be recalled; we cannot support them 
longer." Unless we reach the full amount of the budget 
of $150,000.00, I am quite sure that the Foreign Board 
will approve no new missionaries, unless under the most 
urgent circumstances. 

Our plea is for Brethren Dollars to support our Breth- 
ren Missionaries in our Brethre7i Fields. If we can have 
this loyal support of our Foreign Mission program by 
ALL of our Brethren people, we can meet the present 
challenge, send out more missionaries to the present 
fields, and we can open more new fields. To fail to give 
this loyal support is to vote to send no new missionaries, 
open no new fiields, and finally to recall some of our 
present force of sacrificing missionaries. 


By Miss Estella Myers 

The native believes there is someone all-powerful, 
who is Creator — who is God, but who to them is the 
cause of all evil, sickness, and pain, who is, indeed, un- 
lovely. They form idols for health, for food, to kill ani- 
mals, to grant wishes, and what-not. Because they all 
talk to their idols, it is the most natural thing that when 
they are once converted they find it easy to talk to God. 
They are seeing a great light and many are coming to 
walk in that light. 

A chief once asked me why I was going home. I re- 
plied that I was going home to see my family and to get 
new recruits. He showed intense disappointment and 
pleaded: "But you have not told me and my people the 
story!" I felt very guilty, but replied in my best faith: 
"I am going home to get more missionaries to come back 
with me so that more of your people can hear the story." 


Oh, that in the last remnant of time, before we hear 
the shout of our descending Lord, we might come back 
with holiness of heart to the simplicity of our mission! 
Let us leave the government of the world till the King 
comes; let us leave the civilizing of the world to be the 
incidental effect of the presence there of the Gospel of 
Christ, and let us give our time, our strength, our money, 
our days to make Christ known to every creature. — C. I. 


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By Russell D. Barnard 

It's so near! Baja California (Old Mexico) is only 15 
miles from San Diego; 115 miles from Long Beach, and 
about 140 miles from Los Angeles. It's so near as far 
as this great center of our Brethren Church is concerned, 
and yet it has always been so far in our concern in spir- 
itual things. I served as pastor at San Diego, lived in 
Long Beach, and yet never did a thing about the evan- 
gelization of this great area. 

Baja California is a large area about 1,380 miles from 
north to south, and in some places the peninsula is al- 
most 200 miles wide. After leaving the border towns in 
the north, there is only one small evangelical testimony 
in the first 800 miles, and there is no established testi- 
mony in the last 500 miles. Many of the sections are 
very sparsely populated, but some people live in every 
area. There are wide fertile valleys, quite thickly pop- 
ulated, and there are cities of from a few hundred to 
about 8,000 population. About half-way down the 
peninsula there are a number of cities of from 1,000 to 
4,000 population. In so many areas, even the Catholic 
churches built from 100 to 300 years ago have melted 
down, and have never been rebuilt; nothing takes then- 

Bro. Jack Green first became greatly interested in 
these people. He had worked with some Russian young 
people in Los Angeles. From these Russian people he 
learned of Russian people in Baja California. From 
these Russian people he learned of the national popula- 

tion in the peninsula. He has aroused the Brethren 
Church to this opportune area. Brother Green was ap- 
proved for work in this land under the sponsorship and 
support of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Breth- 
ren Church. It was planned for him to begin work as of 
January 1, 1949. Before the date arrived Brother Green 
became ill, and has not yet been restored to undertake 
this great work. Others have volunteered and som.e are 
in further training. Soon we hope to open this work. 
We urge continued prayer that Brother Green may be 
restored to health, and that the Foreign Board will be 
guided in the choice of others to work in this field. The 
opportunity is a present opportunity, and may cease to 
be a wide-open opportunity at any time. 

Funds have been set aside in the current budget for 
possibly two families for this field. The budget is $150,- 
000.00. If we receive that amount in the coming Easter 
Offering, and during the current year, we can proceed. 
If we fall short, it will be only natural that the estab- 
lished fields wUl be cared for first. It is almost certain 
that the work in Baja California will not be opened dur- 
ing the next year if our offering falls much helow the 
budgeted amount. It is quite certain, with the Lord's 
prospering that the work will be opened during the next 
year if we reach or exceed the offering of $150,000.00. 
Do you see the urgency? Pray that all the Lord's people 
in the Brethren Church wUl respond with greatly in- 
creased offerings, and this great field may be occupied. 


By Mrs. Rose Rossetti, La Carlota, Cordoba, Argentina 

Before being saved, I used to think that God wasn't 
just, when some difficulty, offense, or heartache came 
into my life. Full of doubt with respect to God, I said: 
"What have I done to merit 
this punishment? Where is 
God?" I thought of God 
only to make Him respon- 
sible for my misfortunes, 
not realizing that I was the 
guilty one. 

I liked the dance, to go to 
tbe movies, and all kinds of 
amusements which attract 
most people in this world. 
I tried to be a good wife, 
and a better mother, and in 
p^rt I fulfilled my desires. 
Bkit I was not happy. If I 
thought of death, an inde- 
scribable terror laid hold of 
me. At times I thought of 
God, and saw myself as 
guilty, and then I asked myself, "Where will I go when 
the hour of death arrives for me? Can God forgive my 
sins?" I tried in every way to justify myself, and con- 
vince myself that they would be forgiven, but my heart 
always condemned me. 

One day my mother paid me a visit. She brought a 
le^tter from her pastor, for the pastor of La Carlota. With 
miuch fear she invited me to accompany her to the pas- 
tor's house to deliver the letter. I accepted joyfully, and 

Mrs. Rossetti 

we went. Mrs. Hoyt answered our knock at the door. 
We asked if she were the pastor's wife, and she said she 
was. My mother gave her the letter and she invited 
us in. 

When she called her husband, who was in his study, I 
remember how he came hurriedly downstairs and kindly 
invited us to sit down. He asked us many questions, 
and upon learning that I lived in this town, asked if they 
couldn't visit us. I gave consent outwardly, but inside 
I thought it would be better if they were not to come, 
because I was ashamed of my old ugly house, which was 
always topsy-turvy because of the children. But on the 
other hand, I was happy to say "yes," because they were 
a sympathetic couple. 

A few days later — I remember it was a Sunday after- 
noon, as I was ironing — they arrived. I was unpresent- 
able as well as my house, but I invited them in. In the 
course of the conversation Mr. Hoyt invited me to the 
meetings. I offered several excuses at first, but ended 
up by promising that I would go. A few days later I 
went, and have been going ever since. 

One Sunday night, after the message I made a public 
confession of Christ. Since then I realize that God is not 
unjust, but I, who spoke lightly of Him whom I knew 
not. Now I ask myself, "What did I do that God should 
choose to save me from among the thousands of lost 
ones?" My life has made a complete change. I am 
happy; am not ashamed of my house; just thankful to 
have it and offer it to Christ, as one day I gave Him 
my life. 


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By Florence Newberry Gribble, M. D. 

(Note- This address was delivered by Dr. Florence Gribble at the National Conference. Winona L^ke, tatUana. ki the year 1922. 
Nearly 28' yeari ago-and yet. if she could send us a message from that glory in which she now dwells. I beUeve this would be the 
mitsage Shortly aft^r defivering this message, she left for her beloved Africa. She arrived just in time to have ttot happy meetmg 
wfth hir husband and deliver to him the message that rejoiced his heart. And then, he who had "toiled and waited and suffered for 
more than fourteen years for that dark Africa." heard the call from his own great Chieftem. grounded his arras, and went home to be 
with Christ! Not long after. Mrs. Gribble joined him in that glory. Hear we not their famihar voices from that glory, biddmg us to 
carry on? Let us not fail them!— L. S. B.) 

"I am a debtor" (Rom. 1:14). "So then, brethren, we 
are debtors" (Rom. 8:12, ASV). "Owe no man any 
thing, but to love one another" (Rom. 13:8). "Hereby 
know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and 
we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (I 
John 3:16, ASV). 

I have enjoyed the gift of life and of a degree of health. 
I have been regenerated by 

the blood of Jesus Christ, . c™ - — r" 

kept by His power, endowed ^ ; 
with His grace. lama debtor. 

"Upon a life I did not live, 

A death I did not die. 
Another's life, a n o t h e r's 
death — 
I stake my whole eternity." 

Paul, that great missionary 
apostle, speaking in that 
wondrous eighth chapter of 
Romans, says, "So, then, 
brethren, we are debtors." 

I repeat it. Brethren, "we 
are debtors." Not only I, but 
you also, are debtors. Houses 
and lands, homes and chil- 
dren, sunshine and rain, sal- 
vation and preservation, 
knowledge and enlighten- 
ment, joy and peace, forgive- 
ness and sanctification, are 
freely ours. "We are debt- 
ors." And to whom is owed 
our debt? By what power 
shall we pay it? Again, in 
the Book of Romans the in- 
spired apostle comes with the answer: "Owe no man any 
thing, but to love one another." This debt of love we 
owe to the heathen, dying without Jesus Christ. We 
owe it to our own church that we may be fit members 
of His body, fit to become His bride. But most of all we 
owe it to Him, that "he may see of the travail of his soul 
and be satisfied." How it shall rejoice my heart as a 
member of the Brethren Church when it .shall be our 
consuming passion "to win for the Lamb that was slain 
for the reward of his sufferings"; when we shall take 
the Moravian battle-cry and fling it farther than they 
have ever flung it; when to be a Brethren is synonymous 
with being a missionary, an apostle, an ambassador. 

I am going back to Africa because of three great loves, 
for only by love am I permitted to pay the great debt 
which I owe; only by love, the grace for which the Son 
of God Himself must .supply; only by love which (I John 
3:16) we hereby know, because He laid down His life for 


James ond Florence Gribble 

us and we ought to lay down our lives for the Brethren. 
And what are these loves? 

First, the love for Africa's heathen tribes in their un- 
speakable need I would match the unspeakable gift of 
the Son of God. 

An African chief went to Charles E. Hurlburt and 

"Do you see that beautiful 
green hUl running gently up 
to a point with the shade 
trees and rich grass growing 
upon it? Well, I will give 
you that hUl for a mission- 

"I have no missionary for 
you yet," was the sad re- 

"Do you see that other hill? 
It is higher and greener. Its 
soil is more fertile. You could 
build houses on it and it 
would be a healthy place to 
live. It is really the best hill 
I own. I wUl give you that 
hill if you will send a mis- 
sionary to tell me and my 
people the good words of 

"It is not a question of hLUs, 
it is a question of mission- 
aries," was the increasingly 
sorrowftil reply. 

"Come into my hut," said 

the old chief, "and look at 

this leopard skin. It is the 

skin of the biggest leopard 

You may have that leopard skin 

my men ever killed 
for a missionary." 

"It is not a question of leopard skins; it is a question 
of missionaries," was the repeated rejoinder. 

Another old chief came to him. He was very old, his 
back was bent with age. Lame, he hobbled into the 
missionaiy headquarters one day and said he had limped 
along for eighty miles to ask for a missionary. 

When told that he must wait before a missionary could 
be sent to his village, he said, "I will be dead first!" In 
July of 1917, a missionary started for the man's village, 
but he was dead before the missionary started, as he 
said he would be. 

Old Chief Akenjan went to Poko in the Belgian Congo. 
He wanted a missionary, but for him as yet there is 

Chiefs without number have gone to Mr. Gribble up- 
on his exploring trips and each besought him to locate 


The Brethren Missionary Herofd 

in his village, in his tribe, in his territory. "Come, dwell 
with us!" is the cry of Oubangui-Chari. "Come teach 
us! Come heal us! Come tell us until we know it as 
you know it, the wonderful story of your matchless Son 
of God." Because of love for the heathen even as they 
are, I go to pay my debt. And as I go, faith looks ahead 
and sees them, first converted, then consecrated, then 
multiplied, as the suffering Eind serving native church 
scattered abroad, shall go everywhere preaching the 

Because of three great loves I go. What then is the 
second? Love for the Brethren Church! How my heai-t 
yearns as I see the wondrous lurking possibilities in this 
church! How it rejoices as I see the growth that has 
taken place in its missionary zeal and ardor during the 
last seven years! How I long to see this church repro- 
duced, duplicated, multiplied in its membership in for- 
eign lands! How I pray for the Brethren Church in 
South America and the Brethren Church in Africa! 
May the fruits which the Brethren Church of the United 
States shall have to lay at the feet of Jesus Christ be 
many! O, Church of Jesus Christ, do you long to be 
fruitful? O, Church which has planted thyself four- 
square upon the Word of God, do you not long to be 
fruitful? Oh, Church which has planted thyself four- 
square upon the Word of God, do you not long to see 
yourself become more fruitful in lands beyond the sea, 
as there in the yielded persons of thy members whom 
thou dost call missionaries, and those other members 
yet many of them to be born, whom thou dost call native 
Christians, thou shalt bear fruit unto the Lord? Oh, 
Church, not alone in thine ordinances, not alone in thy 
literal interpretation of thy Master's Word, not alone in 
thy separation from the world, shall He see the travail 
of His soul and be satisfied! He waits yet for thy fruit- 
fulness! He waits yet to scatter thee abroad, and to 
walk with thee, and to talk with thee as thou dost bear 
fruit unto Him! Win, oh win, for the Lamb that was 
slain the reward for His sufferings! Then shalt thou be 
a church which may well be proud of the name of Breth- 
ren, for by thy life, as by thy words, there shall have 
acknowledged that one is your Master and all ye are 

But here is another love. Greater than the love for 
the heathen, greater than the love for the Church, is the 
love which I bear to my Lord and the longing which I 
have that He may come again. 

Friends, pardon a personal illustration. There is a 
great day coming soon in my life, when, standing to- 
gether on Oubangui's shores, whither he shall have come 
to meet me, I shall be able to say to him, whose wife I 
have the honor to be, "These are they whom the Lord 
has given! These missionaries with me, and those who 
are yet in France, and those who are studying yet in 
America, some perhaps yet in high school, are the ones 
whom the Lord is calling out for the evangelization of 
Oubangui-Chari." It is the day when I shall be able to 


"If I have eaten my morsel alone!" 

The patriarch spoke in scorn; 
What would he think of the church were he shown 

Heathendom, huge, forlorn. 
Godless, Christless, with soul unfed, 
While the church's ailment is fulness of bread, 
Eating her morsel alone? 

"I am debtor alike to the Jew and the Greek," 

The mighty apostle cried; 
Traversing continents souls to seek, 

For the love of the Crucified. 
Centuries, centuries since have sped; 
Millions are famishing; we have bread — 
But we eat our morsel alone. 

"Even of those who have largest dower 

Shall heaven require the more" — 
Ours is affluence, knowledge, power. 

Ocean from shore to shore; 
And East and West in our ears have said, 
Give us, give us your Living Bread — 
Yet we eat our morsel alone. 

"Freely as ye have received, so give," 

He bade, who hath given us all. 
How shall the soul in us longer live, 

Deaf to their starving call. 
For whom the blood of the Lord was shed, 
And His body broken to give them bread, 
If we eat our morsel alone? 

— By the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. 

behold the rejoicing of the heart of one who has toUed 
and waited and suffered for more than fourteen years 
that dark Africa, and especially Oubangi-Chari, might 
be saved, because of the coming forth of those for whom 
he has prayed. 

But, brethren, this day of rejoicing is but a faint type 
of that other day when, caught up to meet our Lord in 
the air whither He will have come to meet us, we shall 
be able to say to Him, whose bride we have the inex- 
pressible honor to be: "These are they whom Thou hast 
given us. These are the fruits which we have bom unto 
Thee. These [as we point to the redeemed from among 
the Baya and the Karre, and the Laka and the Bunda] 
these are Thine, O Lord, the ones for whom Thou didst 
travail in soul, the ones without whom Thou couldst not 
be satisfied, the ones who are the reward of Thy suffer- 
ing. Oh, Lamb that was slain! Lord, behold Thine 

Because of three great loves! We follow in the train 
of the apostle of love as we hear him say again: "We 
ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." Because 
of three great loves, we humbly acknowledge one to 
another, "So, then, brethren, we are debtors." 

So much as in me lies, I am ready to preach the Gos- 
pel to those who are in Rome, to those who are in Africa, 
to those who are in South America, to those who are in 
China and the islands of the sea. Let us go forth, breth- 
ren, humbly giving our utmost to the uttermost, not 
alone for their sakes nor for us, as for the sake of the 
Lamb that was slain, that He might see the travail of His 
soul and be satisfied. — Taken from. General Conference 
Minutes dated 1922, p. 25. 

March 4. 1950 


First Workers' Conference Among the Gbaya 

By Dr. Orville D. Jobson, Superintendent, Oubangui-Chari Mission, French Equatorial Africa 

The Gbaya villages surrounding Bozoum compose the 
smallest and least attractive section of the Bozoum- 
Bassai District of the Mission. The Karre section, with 
Bassai as the center, has a growing church constituency 
numbering 10 percent of the population. The 16,500 peo- 
ple live in relatively large villages, grouped closely to- 
gether, all within easy access from Bassai. 

The Tali section, with Gouze as the center, has 21,800 
people living in 93 villages, and a group of believers 
numbering over 1,700. The response in both of these 
sections has been encouraging, and there is an abiding 
interest in the things of the Lord. 

On the other hand, the 14,500 Gbaya live in small 
villages averaging only 155 to a village. These are 
dotted irregularly along 225 miles of automobile road, 
some of them 50 miles from Bozoum. The response has 
been casual and temporary, and with the exception of 
the Bozoum church, there is no other communion center 
In the section. The Gbaya represent the "Cinderella" 
of our District, and possibly of the Mission. While it is 
the last to receive our efforts in evangelization, although 
first in contact with the founder of the Mission, may it 
not be least In rich fruit for the Master. The Lord may 
yet give them "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for 
mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heavi- 
ness." It is true, at least for the past five years, that 
"those members of the body, which we think to be less 
honourabla, upon these we bestow more abundant 

Two previous articles, "A Beginning in the Gbaya 
Villages" and "The Gbaya Are Coming," have related 
some of our efforts among these people. Now we have 
a fui-ther experience to report — the first workers' con- 
ference. There are now resident workers in six of the 
Gbaya villages, and we felt the need of getting them 
together for teaching and fellowship. Adding these six 
workers to the elder and his assistant at Bozoum, we 
had a group of eight leaders, and four other possible 
helpers. Those actually in the work are listed with the 
village or church they serve: 

Village or Church Worker 

Bozoum Church Elder Noel Gaiwaka 

Assistant Philippe Khama 

Bossan Head Village Etienne Kainzi 

Bouroua Etienne Yaji 

Bouhina Head Village Gedeon Wanbiro 

Kaiyanga Head VUIage Etienne Touangai 

Pazome Head Village Thomas Younamganai 

Bombalou Jean Orosere 

All of these men have a God-given burden for the 
evangelization of the Gbaya. For the most part they 
are men of mature age, with families, and a goodly 
amount of experience as followers of the Lord. They 
are not of one ethnic group, but God has called them 
together for this work of evangelization. One is a Karre 
with a Gbaya father, another a Gbaya with a Karre 
mother. Three are Gbea, a related tribe to the Gbaya. 

Two are Gbaya-speaking Karre, and the eighth is a full- 
fledged Gbaya from the Bozoum area. 

They are very unequal in their educational require- 
ments and Bible training. One is an elder who has 
served as student instructor in the Central Bible School; 
another is a 1948 graduate from the Central Bible 
School. Four at least have had primary grades in 
French school. On the other hand, two others are just 
beginning to read well, but still write but little. How- 
ever, the whole group is in earnest for reaching the 
Gbaya, and have committed their lives to the Lord for 
this task. Best of all, they know the joy of salvation 
from sin, and show others the way to repentance and 

The conference convened at Bozoum on September 
11th, and lasted through September 25th. We had 
classes every morning except Sunday from 8 until 11:30. 
The First Epistle of Peter furnished many practical les- 
sons for the devotional hour. The balance of the time 
was given to a study of the Epistle to the Romans, on 
which we spent a total of 30 hours. Wives of the six men 
attended, and Mrs. Jobson gave them reading lessons 
from the Word. One of these knows how to read and 
write well. Among them also there is an inequality, 
but they are helping each other, and we look for real 
progress from their ranks. 

While the teaching periods were scheduled as the 
main purpose of the gathering, yet a great step was 
taken towards cementing these men together in the 
common task of reaching the Gbaya with the Gospel. 
They met in the evenings at the home of the elder, Noel 
Gaiwaka, and discussed their problems and victories. 
Special prayer sessions were held for intercession on be- 
half of the Gbaya. Each of the men took turns in 
preaching at the weekly morning services in the Bozoum 
chapel. On the closing Sunday, Etienne Kainzi, a C.B S. 
graduate, brought the message from Romans. Messages 
such as these men brought will certainly be blessed of 
the Lord in the villages they serve. 

We are greatly encouraged in the work in this section, 
and with the prayers of God's people, we expect to see 
great things for the Lord's glory. We are looking for- 
ward to several baptismal services in the near future in 
some of these villages that have been receiving teaching 
for two years and longer, and the organization of at 
least one group as a communion center. These victories 
will form the subject of our next report on the Gbaya. 

Since the workers' conference the Bozoum church has 
opened a little work in a nearby village called BoKongo. 
This is served by Paul Saraganzi, a newly married young 
man who has been faithful to the Lord for many years. 
Mrs. Jobson's group of Gospel Women gave this young 
couple a purse of 500 franca for their personal needs. 
The Bozoum church and its organizations are standing 
behind the African pastor in his godly zeal for the evan- 
gelization of the Gbaya. With this co-operation the 
Lord can do mighty things. 

The Gbaya are conving! Keep praying! 

Bozoum, October 10, 1949. 


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By Rev. J. Keith Altig, Brazil, South America 

J. Keith Altig 

The 24-hour period we know as a day is divided, in 
Brazil, into four distinct sections. Six a. m. to noon is 
known as "o dia" or the day; noon to 6 p. m. is "a tarde," 
or the afternoon; 6 p. m. to midnight is "a noite," or the 
night; and midnight to 6 a. m. is "a madrugada." The 
nearest thing to this we have in 
English is "wee sma' hours." 

It was just as "madrugada" was 
coming to a close and dawn was 
beginning to break, that I board- 
ed a small boat and started the 
return trip to Macapa from a 
small city up the Amazon River. 
The morning was beautiful. A 
rain a few hours before had 
cleared the atmosphere and 
washed everything clean. Clouds 
were boiling across the sky, driv- 
en by a wind too high to be felt 
on the earth's surface. Where we were, everything was 
calm, still, and beautiful. 

As it drove us along, the outboard motor which pow- 
ered the boat snarling at the river, the sky quickly 
opened its windows to admit the sunlight — dawn had 

In many other ways davim has come to the Amazon 
valley. A new day is dawning in the field of education. 
Many of the small towns and villages now have their 
gorvemment-operated schools. Just the night before, I 
had gone with the mayor of the town where I visited, 
to see the school. Modem maps hung on the wall; 
modem equipment was in use; educated teachers were 
in charge. Many of the fathers and mothers are illit- 
rate, but tie coming generation will be educated. 

The day is dawning in the field of public health and 
sanitation. There is much to be done but a start is 
being made. I had slept for two nights in a medical post, 
built and maintained by the government. A doctor and 
dentist were on the job. There was much fine equip- 
ment in use. Yellow fever is practically unknown, espe- 
cially in the city areas. There is treatment available for 
those suffering from malaria, worms, ulcers, leprosy, 
and other diseases. Suffering and sickness is still ram- 
pant, but the dawn of a new day is definitely at hand. 

A new day is dawning in the field of industry and pro- 
duction. The largest known deposits of manganese in 
the world are just now being opened up. The govern- 
ment is building roads, docks, and other needed installa- 
atlons to deliver 1,000,000 tons of manganese in 10 years 
to a great American steel company. Gold, diamonds, 
and semi-precious stones are to be found in many of the 
rivers and mining areas. The Amazon valley is like a 
giant who has been long asleep and at last is begiiming 
to awaken. 

But there is one field in which it is still night. No 
signs of the dawn appear in the sky. The blackness of 
midni^t is still upon the land. This is in the realm of 
the spiritual. Truly the people sit in darkness. The 
evidence of this darkness is to be seen in the pitiful little 
shrines adorned by images and crucifixes; in gruesome 
pictures of Jesus or some so-called saint with a bleeding 

heart exposed to view. Further evidence is given by 
groups of people engaging in elemental and atavistic 
voodoo dances handed down directly from the Africap 
jungle and the slave days in Brazil. To the rhythm of 
drums and rattles the people shuffle around and around 
in a small circle, lifting their hands in praise to some 
spirit, chanting unintelligible words, and bowing before 
a hideous picture of a demon or spirit placed alongside 
a picture of Jesus or Mary. 

Is there to be a spiritual dawn for these thousands of 
souls? Are they to be taught to read and write, to be 
kept relatively healthy and prosperous, only to be per- 
mitted to go out into eternity without Christ, lost and 
doomed to an eternity of separation from God? 

The answer lies with us. We have the friendly co- 
operation of a progressive government. We have a re- 
ceptive and courteous people to whom to minister. We 
have the possibilities for everything we need, a home on 
the field, essential transportation, an increasing mission- 
ary staff. We have a vitally interested Board and So- 
ciety. We must translate these possibilities into realities. 

Much prayer, availing, intercessory prayer, will be 
needed to beat back the waves of opposition which the 
enemy wOl launch against the work. Sacrificial giving 
will be required if this and our other mission fields are 
to be adequately supplied. The pastors and people at 
home, as well as the missionaries on the field, will need 
to keep themselves unspotted from the world. If these 
things are done, it will mean that along with the dawn- 
ing of a new day in other realms, will come the dawn of 
a new day spiritually in which hundreds and perhaps 
thousands will be ushered into the realms of eternal 


"How long is it," asked an old Mohammedan woman 
in Bengal, "since Jesus died for sinful people? Look at 
me: I am old, I have prayed, given alms, gone to the holy 
shrines, become as dust from fasting, and all this is use- 
less. Where have YOU been all this time?" 

That cry was echoed from the icy shores of the far- 
thest Northwest Territory. "You have been many moons 
in this land," said an old Eskimo to the Bishop of Sel- 
kirk. "Did you know this good news then? Since you 
were a boy? And your father knew? Then why did 
you not come sooner?" 

It was heard in the snowy heights of the Andes. "How 
is it," asked a Peruvian (South American), "that during 
all the years of my life I have never before heard that 
Jesus Christ spoke those precious words?" 

It was repeated in the white streets of Casablanca 
(North Africa). "Why," cried a Moor to a Bible-seller, 
"have you not run everywhere with this Book? Why do 
so many of my people not know of the Jesus whom it 
proclaims? Why have you hoarded it to yourselves? 
Shame on you." 

It is the cry from the four winds. How shall we 
answer it?— The "Bible in the World." 

March 4. 1950 


Inside View of the Bible Institute 

By Mrs. Lynn D. Schrock, Rio Cuarto, Argentino, S. A. 

We thought perhaps you folks would like to have an 
inside view of just how this Bible Institute is run. Thus 
we will seek to give you a glimpse of just what a day is 
like here. 

We have no new building with nice dormitories, etc. 
No, we have the Institute right here on the Mission 
property in Rio Cuarto. In other words, the students 
have moved into our home. 

We have all six girls in one room. There is a grand 
mixture of beds — one bunk bed, three single beds, and 
one double bed. They have one dresser of which they 
all share a half of a drawer for their belongings. There 
is one wardrobe and a clothes rack which has been 
made for the rest of their clothes, covered with a cur- 
tain. Don Pedro made towel racks and extra shelves by 
covering up an unused door and this is all covered with 
a curtain, also. All we provided was the mattress and 
pillow. They had to bring the rest of the bedding. Hav- 
ing just two boys this year, they were fLxed up well. 
However, they have to sleep on cots, but they each have 
a desk and wardrobe. Each week we wash one sheet, 

Students of the Bible Institute 

pOlow case, and heavy towel for them; once a month 
their bedspread or bathrobe. 

At 6:45, LjTin goes to each room with the alarm clock 
and yells, "At 7:20 the devotions will be in the salon!" 
Always a weak little voice answers, "Si!" Finally at 
7:00 a m. the girls begin to make their way to wash up. 
Following devotions you can hear in the patio, "One, 
t\vo, three, four." Yes, e.xercises, just before breakfast! 
And these winter mornings you can imagine the groans! 
But say, some of these young folks have gained so much 
in weight that they need these exercises! Two especially 
have blossomed out terrifically! They have gained 
about 10 to 11 pounds. 

Just before vacation time, we were always hearing 
about someone dreaming of home at the breakfast table. 
The young folks could hardly contain themselves. The 
peacefulness at the table doesn't last long as following 
breakfast begins the house cleaning. Everyone has a 
job, including Lynn, who has to do the shopping for his 
big family. It sure is funny to hear young folks from 15 
to 24 years of age call you "Mama." Each week the jobs 

are changed so that everyone has a turn at each job. 
When the house cleaning is being done, that is when 
"Mama" has to step m: "Don't forget to do under the 
bed!" "Did you do behind the dresser?" "Boys, whose 
turn is it to clean the patio this week?" "Don't forget 
to clean well around the wash tubs." "Boys, be sure to 
clean your room before class. If not, you can't eat din- 
ner untU it is done!" Then they huri-y, as following the 
classes they all have terrifi&c appetites! 

By 9:30 the house is clean, the vegetables are ready, 
and classes begin, and dinner gets under way. There 
are three classes in the morning. The days that Brothers 
Dowdy, Hoyt, and Maconaghy come, there is one class 
in the afternoon following siesta time. 

At 11:45 classes are finished and the time has come to 
call the girls to set the table. Generally the boys have 
their noses in the kitchen to find out what there is to 
eat. This provides the opportunity to grab one of them 
for mashing the potatoes, and the other one to fill the 
kettles for dish water. The table all set, we then call 
Miss Nielsen for dinner and gather around the table. 
Each one brings their own napkin and napkin ring. 
Lynn serves the meat, and the boys dish up the vege- 
tables. Miss Nielsen serves the dessert. The girls do 
the sei-ving of water, putting on more bread, taking away 
the dishes, etc. So at the table everyone has a little 
job to do. 

When dinner is finished, then begins the rush in the 
kitchen. There are two girls that do the washing — one 
the dishes and glassware, and the other silverware and 
pots and pans. And believe you me. no one slips any- 
thing extra to the person that has that certain task! 
While one girl is cleaning up the dining room the others 
are drying the dishes. We have made out a schedule so 
that each one of us washes the dishes or pans four 
times a week and the kitchen floor once a week. If all 
goes well, by 2:00 everyone is ready for their siesta. At 
this time the girls have their private devotions. 

At 3:00 p. m. once again Lynn makes his way to the 
rooms to call the young folks, this time to tell them that 
tea is at 3:30 in the apartment of Miss Nielsen. Follow- 
ing tea is study time. The girls have certain days of 
the week that they can wash their clothes and the boys 
have the afternoon of the women's meeting so that the 
girls can't interfere. And say! they can get their clothes 
really white! 

At 6:30. or a little after, we are at the table again for 
supper. Following dishes, the students study until 10:15. 
They then get ready for bed and lights out at 10:30 pjn. 
On Monday evenings Lynn has devotions with the boys, 
and I with the girls. This has proven to be a precious 
time for us as we have had the privilege to really get 
to the heart of their burdens. 

In spite of the fact that by having the Institute here, 
it has taken away our private family life, we are thank- 
ful for the privilege of guiding these students for the 
service of the Lord. Once more we can say, the Lord 
has done all things well for us in letting us have part in 
this privilege. Pray for the Bible Institute! 


The Brethren Missionary HeraU 

Child Evangelism in Rio Cuarto, Argentina 

By Mrs. Lynn Schrock 

It is a real joy to present to you believers in the home- 
land the testimony of one of our faithful believers here 
in Rio Cuarto. How well we remember the Sunday she 
with her daughter stood up to express that they had re- 
ceived the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. We had been 
in the country not more than a month. We were not 
able to understand the message, but were able to rejoice 
within our hearts that the Lord sought two more of His 
lost sheep. It makes one realize that no matter what 
country you are in, whether you are able to understand 
the language or not, you can always rejoice when a 
sinner has come to the foot of Calvary. 

This past Sunday we had the privilege of having Miss 
Krieger with us. She is the director of ChUd Evange- 
lism for Argentina. Her parents are North Americans, 
but she has been bom and reared here, thus knowing 
how to reach these people. She was used of the Lord in 
a wonderful way. The believers have been awakened 
to the opportunities that are theirs to reach the unsaved 
boys and girls in their neighborhoods. They will go to 
a home to hear the Gospel, but wouldn't think of step- 
ping inside the Culto. She mentioned that in her father's 
church they have a believer that lives right across the 
street from the church and has a child evangelism class. 
She reaches 17 boys and girls that never put their foot 
inside of the Culto. We realize that we can't open the 
doors of the Culto and expect people to come. We must 
go and get them for the Lord. 

As a result of her meetings, many have expressed 
their desire to open their homes for such classes. Miss 
Krieger gave an invitation for those boys and gu-Is who 
would like to accept the Lord. One of these was the 
son of Mrs. Boher, whose testimony will follow. Con- 
tinue to pray for your mission field here in Argentina. 

Testimony of Elena Boher 

Upon writing my testimony I do it with a triumphal 
satisfaction, really recognizing my erroneous way in 
which I lived. I found the way of truth by which I was 
guided to salvation. My decision of following Christ and 
acknowledging myself as a sinner has brought me much 
joy to my soul. I have found the true way by which I 
followed to life eternal. 

I lived in uncertainty since my birth. My home hav- 
ing had the customs of the Catholic faith (my mother a 
Catholic and my father an atheist), I came to the age of 
12 absolutely without any knowledge of religion. It 
was even difficiilt for me to be able to say the Lord's 
Prayer. At this age I was sent to a Catholic school 
under the supervision of nuns. There I was taught the 
Catholic doctrines and sacred history, but I didn't retain 
them in my mind. I was rebellious to this doctrine, so 
much so that I sought to find a way to escape from there, 
and so I did. After having studied these things, I still 
hadn't had a change in my way of thinking regarding 

I came to the age of 20 not knowing anything of the 
Bible. At this time I came to know my husband who, 
being a Christian and from a Christian home, talked 
frequently of the Gospel. I paid no attention to what he 
had to say, and was always indifferent. We were mar- 
ried contrary to the desires of my mother, who wanted 

it to be in the Catholic church. But having the consent 
of my father, the situation was saved. 

Thirteen years passed. With our two children and my 
husband, I attended the meetings regularly, but never 
accepted the Lord. I felt responsible to my children. 
The Gospel pleased me, but how could I guide my chil- 
dren if I didn't accept the Gospel? My heart became 
hard toward the voice of the Lord, and it bothered my 

One night during a message, God touched my heart so 
much that tears came to my eyes. I felt something new 
in my heart and a great joy. The next day I mentioned 
to my daughter what had taken place. My joy was so 
great when I heard from her lips that the same thing 
happened in her heart at the same time. It seemed al- 
most impossible the joy we had. I obeyed the call of 
the Lord and gave my life to Christ. 

I have grown very much in the things of the Lord, 
and feel a true interest to know day by day more. I also 
feel the responsibility to proclaim the message to others. 
I have a great struggle with my mother, brothers, and 
sisters-in-law. So much so that some have separated 
themselves from me because of the Gospel. But this 
has made me more firm in the Lord. 

I give thanks to the Lord that He has put this faith 
so great in me, and I thank Him for the many blessings 
I have received from Him in these last years. I am sure 
that my home is more complete. We understand each 
other better. Our desires and ideas are the same. Be- 
cause of this we are constantly in communion with our 
heavenly Father. What a joy when we go to the meet- 
ings together with one thought — to learn more of the 
things of the Lord. I think of all the patience the Lord had 
with me untU I accepted Him. At times I was so rebel- 
lious that I tried to put myself between the Lord and my 
husband. But the Lord had elected me, and I thank 
Him that His Holy Spirit has sealed my heart. 


Argentina is as large as all the United States east of 
Omaha. One province in it is as large as Illinois, Wis- 
consin, Indiana, Iowa, and half of Missouri. It is enor- 

Buenos Aires, the capital, is as large as Philadelphia, 
and quite as rapid. It is a great center, and the third 
city of the American continents, being 600,000 less than 
Chicago, and Philadelphia comes fourth, but is behind 
Buenos Aires by more than 1,000,000. If Buenos Aires 
and Chicago continue to grow at the same rate they have 
followed in the last 15 years, Chicago will be behind 
Buenos Aires. It is a city of outstanding importance, but 
with appalling spiritual destitution. We do not have the 
latest statistics, but a few years ago Buenos Aires had 
only 15 evangelical churches, while Philadelphia had 

Bishop Stuntz a few years ago wrote: "I have gone 
through a section of Argentina, including 4,000 towns, 
with but 47 evangelical churches in the whole area! 
One hundred missionaries should be sent to large cen- 
ters where the people have not yet a witness to the 
saving power of Jesus Christ among them, but where 
agnosticism, or atheism, or an encrusted, superstitious 
sacerdotal Catholicism is in the citadel." — L. S. B. 

March 4, 1950 



By Russell D. Barnard, General Secretary 

It was far up in the Pana Mountains. We stopped in 
front of a large village. It was at noonday and few peo- 
ple were in the viUage. There was not one Christian 
family in that village. Every house had an idol. We 
were attracted by one of these idols. It was a crude 
little work of art, possibly about two feet high and the 
color of ebony — crude face and arms and legs. It was 
leaning against the house between the two doorposts. 
We finally found a native woman in the village. She 
had a small baby and probably could not go into the 
fields to work. We tried so hard to get her to carry the 
idol out into the sunlight where we could have a good 
view of it and of her, but she would not touch it. Pos- 
sibly she had helped to make it, but now she was afraid 
of it. After much persuasion she did pause at the side 
of the doorway and we took a picture. 

On another house across the way there were little 
idols not more than six to nine inches high with a face 
on the top of each of the sticks. We saw a handful of 
rice, a handful of kaffir corn, an egg — offerings to the 
idols. Nearby we saw another idol, probably the idol 

The Forked Stick— The Idol to the Hunting God 

to the hunting god — nothing but a forked stick about five 
feet high with the jaw and part of the skull of a buffalo 
hanging upon it. There was the hollow stone at the 
bottom of the stick where the offering would be placed. 
I am sure there were no happy older people in this 

As we returned to our automobile there were a num- 
ber of little boys and girls, black as ebony, sweet as any 
little white child — they were inspecting the automobile. 
They were very friendly — not one bit afraid. They 
went over to the sid« of the roadway and were seated 
on some rocks, where we had the privilege of taking 
very beautiful pictures of them. The beautiful part 
was that while we were arranging to take the pictures, 
one of the missionaries began to tell them the wonder- 
ful story of Jesus — probably the first time the story of 
Jesus had ever been told in that village. 

There are over a thousand other villages in our ter- 


If you were a missionary who had left home, and loved 
ones, and native land, and most of the privileges and 
conveniences of our American life; and, 

If you were spending your life far from home among 
a primitive people often antagonistic, usually misunder- 
standing you, often misjudging and ridiculing you, al- 
most never understanding you; and, 

If you were continually in the presence of danger, 
seen and unseen, great and small, dangers from the 
enemies of Christ and His cause, dangers from animals 
and insects, dangers from disease germs of many kinds 
and forms; and, 

If in the primitive land where you were serving there 
was grime, and filth, and stench which was almost un- 
bearable; and. 

If in these chcumstances you knew there were hvm- 
dreds and thousands of people without Christ, living in 
heathen darkness, bound by Satan's chains of prejudice 
and hate and unbelief; and, 

If you know that the Gospel is the power of God unto 
salvation, you have seen the Gospel working marvelous 
works of grace in the hearts of many, in fact all who 
have believed on Christ; and. 

Yet you know that thousands whom you see today wiD 
in the not-far-distant future pass into Christless graves, 
having never once heard the Gospel or the Good News 
of salvation; and, 

You know that with the present staff of missionaries 
and the present number of stations only a few out of 
these thousands can ever hear the Gospel, what would 
you most desire of the Christians here at home — prob- 
ably three things: 

A. Prayer that God will multiply the ministry of 
those on the field as He multiplied the loaves and fishes; 

B. That many will volunteer to go out to the great 
harvest fields already white; 

C. That all of us may gi-eatly increase our support of 
the foreign missionary program, that all existing mis- 
sionaries shall be supported, and that every new vol- 
unteer who is trained, acceptable, and ready may soon 
be sent to the field. 

If you were a missionary? You are a missionary, If 
you are in the center of the will of God — whether & 
missionary who is sent to the ends of the earth for the 
proclamation of the Gospel, or a missionary who is help- 
ing to send them as they go to the ends of the earth 
preaching the Gospel. — R. D. B. 

ritory in Africa where the Gospel is not yet being given 
forth. There are hundreds of cities, towns, and villages 
in Argentina and Brazil completely without the GospeL 
There are thousands upon thousands of people in Lower 
California who have never yet had the privilege of 
hearing about our wonderful Saviour. Yes, it is your 
responsibility and mine to "get the Gospel out." We 
certainly cannot criticize the people in distant lands for 
worshipping the idols of wood and of stone unless we 
give them Jesus Christ. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


Prepared to reinforce the Altigs on our new Brethren mission field in Brazil, Rev. and Mrs. Edward D. Miller and daughter, Carol 
Ann, sailed from New York Saturday noon, February 18, on the S. S. Sheridan for Belem, Para, Brazil. They expect to reach their 
destination in about two weeks. 

In the above pictures the Millers are seen 'upper left) welkin** up the gangplank with a group of friends and relatives who accom- 
panied them to New York to see them off. Center picture shows th m aboard ship, while the picture on the right shows the Sheridan 
sailing down New York harbor towards the Statue ot i-.iberiy. 

Lower photo shows (left to right) Rev. Miller's father, F. B. Ml ler, of Winona Lake, Ind.; Rev. and Mrs. Miller; Miss Anne Seitz 
and Mrs. Russell Crompton, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Carol Ann Miller in front of Mrs. Crompton); Mrs. F. B. Miller; Carl Seitz, of Phil- 
adelphia; Mrs. John Aeby and Rev. Aeby, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Miss Millie Haas, of Philadelphia. 

At New York's First Baptist Church, Broadway and 79th St., on Friday evening prior to sailing. Rev. Miller was Invited by the pas- 
tor. Dr. William Pettingill, to speak and give a "farewell testimony." 

The address of the Millers will be: Belem, Para, Brazil. Caixa Postal 861. 


Eileen Miller 

Bless the Lord, O my sotd, and aU that is within me, 
praise His holy name! 

We are surely praising God as we look back over the 
last few months, and see how He has led and answered 
prayer as we have prepared to leave for the field in 
Brcizil. It is wonderful to watch His hand moving in 
supplying our every need. Indeed, we need to praise 
Him more. At last we are on our way, but it is hard to 
express our feelings as we leave America. Because He 
Is leading us to this foreign field, He fills the ache in our 
hearts as we leave loved ones behind. Our hearts are 
glad, and we are looking forward with great expectancy 
to the work ahead of us. We know the Lord is able, and 
that He will supply the needs as they arise. We con- 
tinue to covet your prayers in our beheJf, as we learn 
the Portuguese language and become adjusted to the 
new land and climate. 


Edward D. Miller 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowl- 
edge him, and he shall direct thy paths." 

How thankful I am as we start out on this voyage t& 
Brazil that I have the Lord to guide and direct my paths. 
He truly is faithful if we just put our trust in Him. I re- 
joice that He has seen fit to call me into His service, and 
my prayer is that in the years that lie ahead, should He 
tarry, I might be found faithfully serving Him. 

Continue to pray for us as we learn the language, and 
become accustomed to the food and climate. Truly "the 
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth 
much," as we have already seen and experienced in the 
preparation of our outfit. 

March 4, 1950 


^on^eujAt MlUioHxindf \^}^CdUo^ Mail Bo^ 

A letter jrovi Keith Altig arrives in our hands just as 
our copy goes to the printer. It will be of interest to 
our readers, therefore we share most of it. He writes: 

"It is a difficult thing to evaluate the work here now 
and perhaps we ought not even try such a thing. We 
have been here now only 11 months and the Lord has 
given us a wonderful time in witnessing. We have a 
class of children who come more or less regularly on 
Sunday mornings and at least 15 of them have made a 
profession of accepting Christ. Through these children 
we made a contact with a very fine family who wanted 
to learn English. I gave them a few lessons in English 
and last night had a wonderful time showing them the 
plan of salvation in the Word as well as point out some 
of the errors in the Catholic system of doctrine. They 
are nominal Catholics but do not go to mass or confes- 
sion and therefore are not considered good Catholics. 
The man said that he had read parts of the Bible which 
opened his eyes to the errors of Catholicism. The only 
trouble is these people live in Belem and are returning 
there soon so we will not have an opportunity to con- 
tinue the work with them. 

"We will never be doing what really needs to be done 
here until we have a launch, or better a fleet of launches, 
working among the people who live along the riverways. 
There are many, many thousands of people living in 
single houses or small settlements who have no witness 
of the truth at all. In practically every place of 4,000 or 
over there is a Protestant group of some kind. But the 
out-of-the-way places along the rivers really need some 
testimony. I noticed Paul's article and his mention of 
the possibility of us using a launch here and living on it. 
He was exactly right. The Unevangelized Fields Mission 
have two launches but do not use them in evangelism 
very much. They will give us the blueprints of their 
newest one and we can make our own, or we could buy 
a used one, either wood or steel. The cost is around 
$5,000.00 to $7,000.00. I realize we can't even use one 
right now but must wait until we have more workers. 

"I wish you could spend a few days with us. We live 
right on the banks of the Amazon. It is hot all right, but 
I have been just as uncomfortable in Indiana in the 
summer time. The difference is that here we have it 
all the year around with no let-up. You could fly down 
in a few hours, could see one of the most interesting 
regions on earth, and fly back, all in a few days. Let us 
know when you are coming. May the Lord bless you in 
your work there in Washington as well as in the writing 
of the history." 

Miss Ruth Snyder, of Bellevue, F. E. A., wrote a per- 
sonal letter on Oct. 28 to the Editor which he feels that 
in the main he must share with the readers of the Her- 
ald. Here it is: 

"We are almost at the end of our Bible School this 
year. What do people do who are not missionaries? It 
seems to me that the Bible School fills my life so com- 
pletely that I cannot imagine not teaching. Sometimes 
when the questions are coming thick and fast, I wonder 

how I will get away with it this time. Today they really 
got me to blush. (That should have been a new para- 
graph — excuse, please.) 

"Well, they were talking about the punishment the 
Lord gave people in the Old Testament. They said they I 
could not understand why Aaron lived after he made the 
golden calf, but Achan, who only stole clothes, should 
have died with his whole family. In their eyes Aaron's 
sin was much greater. Of course I tried to tell them 
that all God's judgments are just. After they all got 
very excited, one of them (the brightest I have had in 
school) said right out, 'Mademoiselle thinks too that 
Aaron's sin was greater, does she not?' Now I know a 
few answers, too, but when they got me in a spot like 
that, I felt my face getting red. There is no word for 
'blush' in Sango, but they could see I was confused. I 
wish you could have heard them laugh! Who could get 
cross with them for that? 

"They always deny that the black man and the white 
are just alike. One day I told them how, when I was in 
seminary, I would lie in bed going over my work in my 
mind. Several days later one of the fine students (a 
real jewel he is) came to me and said, 'When Mademoi- 
selle first told us that we were all alike, I didn't believe 
it, but when she said she could not sleep at night, I saw 
that it was true, for I cannot sleep at night either for 
thinking about my work.' How is that for proof that He 
made of one blood all nations? 

"The other day they asked me why we close our eyes 
when we pray. After I had given them some reasons, 
they said that was not what they had heard at all. Then 
they told me that they thought God came near when 
they prayed, and whoever sees God will die. Another 
fellow spoke up and said, 'That is not what I heard. A 
man told me that if we did not close our eyes when we 
pray, they will not go shut when we die.' Thus do 
strange beliefs enter in very early. 

"All our students lately have been talking about how 
their fathers' 'affairs' are just like the Old Testament 
The other day they told me about a legend that tells 
that one time all the people in the world got on a boat 
Now how can reasonable people believe that all these 
legends sprang up independently? So many of their 
beliefs are about sacrifices, that when they read the Old 
Testament, they say their fathers did just this way. 

"They can see the righteousness of God in judging 
their fathers, for they see how poorly they kept the 
truth they did know. Not one of them ever says that 
their fathers were just. 

"Recently I wrote a little pamphlet for them, giving 
stories of the martyrs and reformers. Can you believe 
it, it is the first thing they have had just to read! They 
come and talk about that little booklet. They said it 
made their faith 'get fat.' They thought they suffered 
for the Gospel, but now they see what other people 
really did suffer. Now they are hungry to know more. 
The Lord willing, they will have all the material I can 
prepare for them. If I never write anything in English, 
it will probably be because I am busy writing in Sango." 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


MARY EMMERT, Prayer Bond Chairman 

"Pray Without Ceasing" 


Pray for: 

1. The Altig family in Brazil. 
Praise God for 19 who have accepted 
Christ in children's meetings which 
just started Januaiy 1. 

2. Mrs. O. D. Jobson, who has 
been quite ill. 

3. The Bamards as they visit 
churches in the Southeast and East 
until after Easter. 

4. The Marshalls awaiting per- 
manent visas. 

5. $150,000 — every penny will be 
needed in our expanded Foreign 
Mission program. 

6. Miss Myers, Miss Byron, and 
Mrs. Kennedy, who will be alone on 
different stations in Africa. 

7. Readjustments — Dr. Sickel ar- 
rived in Argentina February 1; Ed- 
ward MiUers sailed for Brazil Feb- 
ruary 18; the Dowdy s flew to the 
United States on February 21; Mar- 
vin Goodmans sailed for France 
February 23. 

8. Teachers for the African 
schools. There is a lack of mission- 
ary teachers in the schools there. 


1. Pray for the Jewish Mission 
work under Rev. Bruce L. Button 
that the Lord will lead in winning 
the Jews, in starting a children's 
work, in the men's Bible class, and 
in supplying the material needs of 
the mission. 

2. Pray for the Portland, Oreg., 
work as they plan to relocate the 
church, that the right location will 
be selected, that the Lord will send 
a buyer for the old church building, 
and that God will give Bro. Vernon 
Harris wisdom and strength in his 
new work of Home Missions. 

3. Pray for the Navaho Indian 
mission work that God wUl send an 
interpreter to help Miss Dorothy 
Dtmbar in dealing with the Navahos; 
that God will direct in selecting the 
well equipment, and that the gas 
line might soon be completed. 

4. Pray for Bro. Russell Weber, 
the woric at Harrisburg, Pa., that 
God will direct in the planning, in 
selecting a contractor, in the build- 
ing, in the financing, and in winning 
the lost. 


1. Pray for the unsaved people 
in the listening radius of the Gospel 
Truth program that they will turn 
on the radio at the right time to 
hear the message. 

2. Pray for the finances of the 
Gospel Truth that it might be kept 
on the air to reach those who would 
not go to a church to hear the story 
of salvation, and for those who are 
Christian but are confined to homes 
and institutions and are unable to 
attend a church service. 


1. Give thanks for God's rich 
blessing upon the recent Seminary 
annual Day of Prayer, and pray that 
both students and faculty may learn 
more perfectly to look to Him for all 
our needs. 

2. Give thanks for the continued 
interest among the students here in 
the preaching of the Gospel in for- 
eign lands, and pray for all who are 
definitely committed to this minis- 
ti-y, that their preparation here may 
serve to deepen their devotion to 
Christ and fit them for the tasks 

3. Pray for the members of the 
Seminary BuOding Committee (R. 
D. Barnard, Cleve Miller, F. B. Mil- 
ler, L. L. Gi-ubb, Bernard Schneider, 
Miles Taber, and Alva J. McClain), 
that these men may be given the 
necessary wisdom and judgment for 
their important ministry. 


1. Pray for the Sunday school 
teachers who will begin to use the 
new Brethren Junior-Intermediate 
Quarterly next month, and for the 
writers of forthcoming quarterlies. 

2. Praise the Lord for supplying 
every need of the Company during 
the first half of the fiscal year, and 
pray for a more effective use of His 
blessings in the months ahead. 


1. Pray that good gains wUl be 
made in our spiritual objectives: 

personal evangelism, visitation, and 
family worship. 

2. That the women will find real 
joy in giving to the financial objec- 

3. For our Editor, Mrs. Robert 
Miller, as she carries on this impor- 
tant work. 


1. Pray for the spiritual life of 
each S.M.M. gh-1. 

2. Pray that a large enough proj- 
ect offering will be given to pay for 
the well at Dorothy Dunbar's sta- 

3. Begin to pray now that many 
girls will have the opportunity of 
attending National Conference this 


1. Continue to pray for new B. 
Y. F. lesson material being prepared 
and sent out, that it wUl be usable 
and attractive. 

2. Pray for our hundreds of 
Brethren youth in preparation for 
His service, and pray especially that 
our church will get sufficient mis- 
sionary vision really to use them and 
support them. 

3. Pray for our summer camps, 
preparation for which is now being 

4. Pray for the Youth Director as 
he visits among the churches in 


1. Pearson's Sailor Work. Pray 
for an 18-year-old saUor on a Brit- 
ish vessel who decided for Christ on 
his birthday; for a third engineer on 
a big Dutch ship; for a Canadian and 
a Chinese sailor on a British boat; 
and a chief officer and a first mate on 
a Mexican oil tanker, who aU made 
definite decisions for Christ. Pray 
also for the financial needs of the 

2. Pray that our churches may 
each experience a spiritual awaken- 
ing and quickening. There are signs 
of the "latter rains." May we not 
be by-passed! 

March 4, 1950 


From Canton, Ohio: "It was pre- 
cious to see those five decisions last 
Sunday, three of them first-time 
confessions. We also had the priv- 
ilege, this past week, of seeing a man 
accept Christ in our home visita- 

From Meyersdale, Pa.: "Many men 
have been working on the house 
which was moved to make way for 
the construction of our new church. 
The basement was cemented and a 
few other minor activities took place 
this week. Your pastor and family 
moved back into the house on Tues- 
day evening. The buUding commit- 
tee is now seeing that plans for our 
church are completed by the archi- 

Rev. R. Paul Miller will hold 
evangelistic meetings in Waynes- 
boro, Pa., March 19 to April 2. 

Rev. Charles Ashman will hold a 
Bible conference in the Santa Bar- 
bara, Calif., church March 19-26. 

Two new records were set at the 
First Church, Los Angeles, Calif., 
February 12 when there were 249 in 
attendance at the morning service 
and 186 in the evening. These are 
both new highs for regular services. 

Major John J. (Jack) Luther, a 
member of the church in Clay City, 
Ind., was found dead in his car in 
Kansas City, Kans., February 11, ap- 
parently the victim of mm-der and 
robbery. Major Luther was a grad- 


Editor and Business Manager.. .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Mission* Louis S. Baaman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Washington 20, DC. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden L.ane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robart Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

uate of West Point, and during the 
war he was aide-de-camp to Gen. 
Mark Clark. Funeral services were 
held in Clay City February 15, con- 
ducted by Pastor Charles Flowers. 

The Lake Odessa, Mich., church is 
making changes in the heating sys- 
tem so that the basement may be 
used for Sunday school classes. A 
new carpet is being placed on the 

The Northwest District W. M. C. 
rally will be held at Sunnyside, 
Wash., March 23, 24. Miss Mary 
Emmert will be the speaker. 

The church in Ashland, Ohio, re- 
cently paid off the balance of the 
debt which was incurred about two 
and one-half years ago to buy the 
new pews, carpet, and organ. Pas- 
tor and Mrs. James Dixon attended 
the Founder's Week Conference at 
Moody Bible Institute. 

Miss Jean Cowan, who is doing 
child evangelism work in Taos, N. 
Mex., broke her leg recently. The 
Ashland, Ohio, church is supporting 
Jean as a part-time missionary. 

Rev. Orville Lorenz, pastor at La 
Verne, Calif., was a recent speaker 
at the Lions Club of Brea and at 
the Men's Brotherhood in Covina. 

The church in Sterling, Ohio, has 
a Sunday evening Singspiration after 
the regular service. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Schrock, of 
Waterloo, Iowa, celebrated their 54th 
wedding anniversary February 25. 

Rev. Lewis Hohenstein, of Water- 
loo, Iowa, was c ailed to Dayton, 
Ohio, recently by the illness of his 

Rev. Kenneth Ashman will be the 
evangelist at Kittanning, Pa., March 
13-26. The church is expecting to 
have Rev. and Mrs. Ben Hamilton 
with them for Easter Sunday, which 
wUl be the Hamiltons' first Sunday 
in America on fur.lough from Africa. 
Nearly 200 letters and cards have 
been received by the Kittanning 
church in response to their radio 
progi-am. In addition to the branch 
Sunday school and church at North 
Buffalo, the Kittanning church has 
started a mission Sunday school at 
Troy HiU. 

Dr. Elias White is a member of the 
Home Advisory Council of the 
Christ for Indonesia Fellowship, an 
organization which plans to estab- 
lish a Bible institute in Indonesia. 

The Berrien Springs, Mich., church 
bejan meeting in their own building 
February 12. Bro. John Mayes has 
been supplying the pulpit lately dur- 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Now 7,450 

A year ago 7,138 

Two years ago 6,683 

Three years ago 5,368 

ing the absence of Pastor Arthur 

The barn on the Seminary prop- 
erty at Winona Lake, Ind., is being 
prepared for the use of the local 
Brethren Boys Club. The Sunday 
school is buying the material and 
men of the congregation and student 
body are doing the work. 

Sales at the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company bookstore during 
the last six months amounted to 
more than $20,000. This is more 
than in any entire year, except last 
yeEir, when the toted was $25,000 for 
the 12-n>onth period. At present 
the sales are more than four times 
as much as they were five years ago. 
Without any increase in the person- 
nel, it is evident that the staff has 
been busy. But we sincerely appre- 
ciate the increasing loyalty of Breth- 
ren people to their own bookstore. 

The new address of Rev. and Mrs. 
Marvin L. Goodman, Jr., is Pension 
d e s Belles - FeuUles, 5 Rue d e s 
Belles-FeuUles, Paris, France. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman will show 
pictures and tell of his travels at the 
Fort Wayne, Ind., church on two 
Sunday evenings, March 5 and 12. 

The Bell, Calif., church was host 
to the local Boy Scout group Sunday 
morning, February 12; at the eve- 
ning service MarUeen and Marjorie 
Scoville played the marimba, piano, 
and vibraharp. The church was host 
to the district ministers' meeting 
February 6. 

Rev. Ralph Stoll led the Yellow 
Creek, Pa., church in a Bible con- 
ference February 23, 24. Rev. Ralph 
Colburn will be there March 9-12, 
and Rev. R. D. Barnard, March 15, 
16. The W.M.C. ladies heard Miss 
Louise Kinsel, a missionary on fur- 
lough from Brazil March 3. 

Rev. William Gray, pastor at Al- 
lentown. Pa., has been appointed 
prayer chairman for the city-wide 
evangelistic meetings with the Wells 
party. There were 11 public deci- 
sions at the church February 12, 
three of them being first-time. An 
offering box has been placed at the 
rear of the church for National Co«- 
ference expenses. 


The Brethren M'lssiottary Herald 

Revival at Wheaton College 


Revival on the Wheaton College 
campus? Not here v\?here it is easier 
to profess Christianity than deny it; 
where one can don the external 
trappings of a "spiritual" Christian, 
fool most, if not aU, of one's friends, 
and forget that though externalities 
may fool man — God looks on the 

Here at Wheaton we heard reports 
of a revival in Los Angeles, Boston, 
and North Park College in Chicago. 
When these reports reached us, we 
rejoiced that aU these needy ones 
had found Christ anew, or for the 
first time, and how all America 
needed just such a revival; but deep 
down in our own hearts we, here at 
Wheaton, felt that either we didn't 
need a revival or that such a revival 
could make no impression on the 

Prior to the semiannual evangelis- 
tic services which are held here at 
the beginning of each semester, we 
were urged to pray earnestly for re- 
vival. We prayed, perhaps earnest- 
ly, perhaps not, but had no real faith 
that the power of the Holy Spirit 
would truly move or change very 
many on the campus. We prayed to 
God, asking in words that there be a 
revival and that it begin in our own 
hearts, but in thought we were look- 
ing at the faults of others as the 
weeds and sediment which were 
clogging the channel of God's bless- 
ing. In spite of our failures, fraU- 
ties, and lack of faith; doing exceed- 
ingly abundantly above all we asked 
or even truly thought, God looked 
down upon this needy campus and 
sent the vitalizing power of the 
Water of Life to our parched and 
dry hearts. 

The evangelistic services began on 
Sunday night, February 5, in the 
college gymnasium and continued to 
be held in Pierce Chapel during the 
succeeding evenings. The services 
proceeded in sm ordinary manner 
until the Wednesday night meeting 
— then it happened! A few songs 
had been sung by the congregation 
and just before the offering was to 
be taken. Dr. Edman, president of 
the college, asked if anyone would 
care to tell us of the blessings re- 
ceived during the week. At first a 
few stood to testify of the blessings 

March 4. 7950 

Editor's note: At our request Bro. 
Ray Gingrich, son oj Dr. and Mrs. 
Raymond Gingrich, and student at 
Wheaton College, has written this 
report of what really happened at 
Wheaton last month. As the reader 
doubtless knows, this revival was 
reported from coast to coast by 
newspaper, magazine, and radio. 
But we wanted to give our readers a 
first-hand report by one of our 
Brethren students who was there. 
Be sure to read this entire article; 
then pray, "Lord, do it again — in my 
town, my church — in me." 

they had received from previous 
sessions during the week of serv- 
ices. Then, surprisingly enough, the 
Holy Spu-it began speaking to the 
hearts of one after another of the 
students, convicting them of sins and 
bringing them to their feet to con- 
fess public sins, and taking them to 
professors and fellow students whom 
they had criticized, judged, or 
wronged in some way. 

There was a steady stream of tes- 
timonies for 38 hours without any 
let-up or diminution; from Wednes- 
day evening at 7:20 until Friday 
morning. At about 2:00 a.m. Thurs- 
day morning Dr. Edman asked all 
those who still wanted to give testi- 
monies to come from the audience to 
the rostnim where they could be 
heard more clearly; about 150 stu- 
dents responded, surged forward, 
and from that time untU Friday 
morning the platform was occupied 
by convicted students. The audi- 
ence remained, dwindling to about 
200 through the early morning hours, 
but swelling during the day to over 
1,500 intent spectators who listened 
to the confessions and testimonies of 

From time to time various stu- 
dents to whom the Holy Spirit had 
spoken, would rise, tiptoe from the 
audience and take their place on the 
platform. Many of us had the ex- 
perience of rejoicing in seeing others 
come to grips with the Lord to get 
into fellowship again with Him or to 
find Him for the first time as their 
own personal, real, Saviour. We 

often found ourselves saying in our 
hearts, "My, I'm surely happy that 
Joe has come forward; he really 
needed to get right with his Lord." 
But somehow as we listened to the 
testimonies and confessions of sin, 
we slowly were forced by the Holy 
Sphut to realize that these same sins 
were to be found in profusion in our 
own evil hearts. 

We tried to put that thought out 
of our minds and continue rejoicing 
in others' successes, but the Holy 
Spirit kept probing and digging in 
our hearts to turn up the sins in our 
own lives. The thought would re- 
turn again and again that public sins 
should be confessed publicly and 
private sins privately; finally, when 
we could fight His compulsion no 
longer, we would slip to the platform 
to ask forgiveness of the teachers we 
had criticized, students we had 
talked harmfully about, or any pub- 
lic sins against our fellows. After 
our confession to God and man was 
made, a new joy and peace we had 
never known before infilled our con- 
sciousness — God was real to many 
of us for the first time in our lives! 

When Dr. Edman closed the pub- 
lic service, permitting any who de- 
sired to do so to remain in lower 
chapel to bring testimonies or con- 
fessions, the spirit of revival did not 
vanish. Prayer and praise contin- 
ued Friday evening after the reg- 
ular service; chapel was packed in a 
voluntary service Saturday morn- 
ing; students and friends gathered 
Sunday morning to hear testimonies 
and join in prayer and praise; sev- 
eral came to a new knowledge of 
Christ, and many came to accept 
Him for the first time at services on 
Sunday and Monday evenings, in 
spite of no electric power Monday 
because of the sleet and ice storm in 
the Chicago area. 

The Spirit of God had been quiet- 
ly brooding over the campus all 
week and one could just feel the 
electric presence of the Lord even 
in the very air. Even visitors and 
curious individuals who came to 
stare were impressed. A number of 
outside people were led to the Lord, 
such as an atheist student from the 
University of Chicago who arrived 
prompted only by a curiosity to see 


these religious fanatics at Wheaton 
College — he and others were brought 
to the Lord by the sincere testimo- 
nies of the students. We were not 
fanatical emotionalists or even 
queer, quiet religious prudes — we 
were ordinary, healthy, nonnal col- 
lege students just like those in any 
other college in the country (we 
were interested in dates, music, ath- 
letics, and the many varied interests 
of college life) ; we weren't queer or 
odd. Yes, we were like any other 
group of college students except 
that we have the Lord. Christ has 
become a natural part of our lives 
and thoughts. 

Reporters were tremendously im- 
pressed with the sincerity of each 
person and the lack of any untoward 
emotionalism. John H. Thompson, 
staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, 
said, "Perhaps my first impression 
upon entering the chapel was the 
obvious sincerity of the people in 
chapel and around the campus. This 
one impression struck me forcibly, 
as it did my fellow-reporter, Carl 
Weigman, when he visited campus 

Friday. The interest of students in 
the confessions of othei's amazed me, 
and the evidence of deep inner tur- 
moil in every student made me real- 
ize the existence of something work- 
ing inside the young people." 

No one who has not witnessed this 
unusual working of the Spirit can 
fully understand what has happened 
in our hearts. This is a subjective 
transfoiTTiation which must issue 
forth objectively through our living. 
We cannot hope to give an explana- 
tion sufficient for the unregenerate 
man unto whom these things are 
foolishness; neither can he know 
them because they are spiritually 

Even our brothers in Christ who 
have heard reports of the revival 
are confused. It is difficult for them 
to comprehend the way in which the 
Holy Spirit brought conviction into 
our hearts without the initiating 
forces of any human intervention. 
Few people are privileged to witness 
His working in this way, hearing 
their best friends confess sins which 
they have been blindly committing 

every day without any pangs of con- 
science — jealousy, pride, judging, 
criticism, gossiping, petty cheating, 
and others. One cannot witness such 
a working of the Spirit without some 
emotional reaction. However, the 
emotional element was surprisingly 
small and confessions and testimo- 
nies were obviously sincere, spoken 
in evei-yday college lingo from hearts 
broken before God. We viust be 
broken and humbled before God can 
use us. Psalms 51:16, 17 expresses 
this fact very vividly by stating, 
"For thou [the Lord]| desirest not 
sacrifice; else would I give it: thou 
delightest not in burnt-offering. The 
sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: 
a broken and contrite heart, O God, 
thou wilt not despise." 

We are forced to admit that the 
depth of this revival will be deter- 
mined by time and that our con- 
tinued daUy walk with the Lord will 
reveal our sincerity and desire to 
stay in His will. We cannot rest on 
one experience for all our life; we 
must continue in fellowship and 
communion with our Lord, for that 

For Your Pre-Easter Reading 


By Frank J. Powell 

Written by a London 
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trials of Jesus, and in the 
closing chapter relates the 
recent proposals to reopen 
the trial of Jesus; 153 pages; 
price, $2.00. 


By James Stalker 

A devotional history of our Lord's 
passion, written more than 50 years 
ago by this noted Scotch minister; a 
Zondervan reprint classic; 23 chap- 
ters, 185 pages; price, $2.00. 


Condensed and Edited hy 
Theodore W. Engstrom 

Written more than 75 years ago by 
Frederic W. Farrar, and passing 
through many editions, this book 
was reprinted last year by Zonder- 
van in this abridged form; 236 pages; 
price, $2.50. 


By Arthur T. Pierson 

In two volumes this great 
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The Brethren Missicnary Herald 


Yes, sir, it's been good to be back 
in Virginia again. I always have a 
hard time keeping from putting on 
weight down here, but surely enjoy 
the hospitality of the churches in this 

Had a mighty fine time in Seven 
Fountains, ■where they now have a 
full-time pastor for the first time. 
Lots of fine young people there, and 
we helped them organize their first 
B.Y.F. We hope they are doing fine 

Then on to Buena Vista, where we 
enjoyed fellowship for another four 
days. The new parsonage wUl have 
a place for the B.B.C. meetings right 
in the basement. Really swell, too. 
They have a fine group of young 
people, and then- pastor and his wife 
are young, too. 

At Covington we held a week of 
meetings, and in spite of the fact that 
it was "iinal-exam" week in school, 
a number of the young people had 
perfect attendance. We had special 
opportunities to meet with then- boys 
club and B.Y.F. groups, too, and 
hope that we helped them. 

Five services at Hollins brought 
real blessing, and those folks gave 
the Youth Council one of the best 
offerings we've ever received. Hol- 
lins has lots of girls in their youth 
group, but the fellows are scarce. 
They have a fine group of younger 

boys coming along for a future 
B. B. C. 

In Roanoke we had a swell party 
with the B.Y.F., and a father-son 
banquet, in addition to some fine 
public services. Though not one of 
our largest, it is one of our finest 
B.Y.F. groups in this section of the 
country. And we're sure that's due 
in part to the fine leadership of 
their sponsors, the Jeffersons. 

At Clearbrook things are really 
picking up, and we had excellent 
week-night crowds. A district rally 
on Saturday night drew about 100 
young people, and we really had a 
fine time. That's the first time 
Clearbrook has ever attempted any- 
thing like this. 

Radford is certainly not to be left 
behind, and the work here still in- 
cludes dozens of children and young 
people. More than 20 boys were 
present for their B.B.C. meeting, and 
the people came out well for the 
evening services — about 90 each 
night. God blessed with some deci- 
sions, too. 

Now we're heading for Tennessee, 
then back up to the Atlantic District. 
Pray for us, and for these fine 
groups that we've been visiting. 


February 3 and 4 saw Dayton, 
Ohio, First Church host to the Cen- 
tral District Youth Rally. Though 
ice and snow prevailed the first of 

the week, the Lord answered prayer 
and excellent weather prevailed for 
the rally. Lake Odessa got there 
"fustest with the mostest" from the 
farthest, with 17 delegates. Winona 
Lake tied with them, and Fort 
Wayne was close behind with 16. 
Total registration was 161, from 16 

Dr. Paul Bauman was the main 
speaker, bringing thrilling challenges 
and pictures from his trip around 
the world. Rev. Meredith Halpin 
spoke Saturday, and Rev. Gerald 
Teeter M.C.'ed the banquet, which 
was well done, with beautiful valen- 
tine decorations. Gene Weinier and 
BUI Smith also led some of the Sat- 
urday sessions. Visible results of 
the rally were three life dedications 
for full-time Christian service, and 
a number of youth sought a fuller 
walk with Christ. 

Highlight of the Saturday meeting 
was the report from the various 
youth groups of the churches that 
45 souls had found Christ directly or 
indirectly through the ministry and 
testimony of the youth. 

Officers elected for the coming 
year are: 

Rev. Robert Ashman, adiilt advisor. 
Rev. Mark MaUes assistant. 
Ralph Burns, president. 
Jesse Deloe, Jr., vice president. 
June Bowser, secretary-treasurer. 
Joeann Enyart, assistant. 

The next rally will be in April at 
Peru, Ind. 

is the only way upon which we can 
depend for sustaining power in our 
life. The world will be looking at 
Wheaton to see if this revival lasts. 
The world forms its conclusions 
about us on the basis of the way we 
act, our manner of life, and not the 
pretty phrases which we deliver. As 
Christians who are supposed to 
"shine as lights in the world," our 
actions often contradict our funda- 
mentalist phrases and speak so loud- 
ly that no one can hear what we say. 
Our life Tnust correlate with what we 
say, and will if we follow Christ's 
pattern of life. 

Yes, the world wUl be looking to 
Wheaton, and not only Wheaton but 

the whole fundamental Christian 
world to see if Christianity is the 
real thing — the reality that the un- 
regenerate so desperately seek after 
— or just another fake. If Christian- 
ity isn't practical and practiced in 
each Christian's life, then all our 
words will not avail in reaching the 
unsaved. It's the life, not the lan- 
guage, that counts! 

The Holy Spirit has only begun to 
reveal His power, and may our 
prayer be that all these clogged 
ditches which used to be our lives, 
and which now have been cleaned 
of the sediment that was preventing 
the flow of blessing, be dredged each 
day anew, that we may prove great- 

er channels to bring the Water of 
Life in a clear, vitalizing stream to 
the unsaved. And may we always 
continue being confident that He 
which hath begim a good work in 
us will perform it until the day of 
Jesus Christ. 


Mel Larson, associate editor of the 
Youth for Christ magazine, is the 
winner of the Zondervan $2,500 
Christian biography and /or Mission- 
aiy book contest. The winning man- 
uscript is called "God's Man in Man- 
hattan," a biography of Dr. William 
Ward Ayer, to be published in Sep- 

March 4, 1950 




I wonder what I look like. I heard 
tell of a mirror — or at least I think 
that is what they call those things 
that girls look into to see if they are 
beautiful. (Oh yes, boys look in 
them too, to see if their hair is 
slicked down just right.) Wonder 
where a penny could find such a 
thing. Roll . . . roll . . . roll. 

Here — in the girl's room. There 
should be one in here. There's the 
di'esser. But how will I get up that 
high? Sigh . . . sigh. Oh, oh, I hear 
footsteps. It's Nelda. Thank you. 
Nelda, for picking me up and putting 
me right on the dresser where I 
wanted to get. 

Oh my, what is that? It's round 
and sorta brown. Say, it's me — 
Penny. Why didn't someone tell me 
what I really look like? There's a 
face on me, a date, a motto, a word, 
name of a country and everything. 

Let's see, if I stand closer to the 
mirror maybe I can see better. Uh- 
huh — I'm just like a Christian girl 
or boy. 

There is a face on me. I am known 
by that face. Christian boy or girl, 
do you have the face of Jesus shin- 
ing out through you? 

Now that date — whoever made me 
must have known that Jesus was 
born. 'Cause I'm dated 1948—1,948 
years after Christ was bom. Did 
you know that? 

Oh, look — LIBERTY. That 
spells "liberty." All boys and girls 



"I knew when I was in high school 
that God wanted me for definite 
service, but I foolishly ignored the 
voice of the Holy Spirit. I joined 
the Navy after high school, and like 
so many of the fellows, I spent four 
long miserable years out of fellow- 
ship with Christ. How I thank God 
for His patience, for He continued to 
call me. However, it was late in life 
when I entered the ministry." So 
writes Rev. Carl C. Brydon, pastor 
of the Home Mission church in San- 
ta Barbara, Calif. 

Brother Brydon was bom in Los 
Angeles, Calif., November 28, 1915. 
At the age of 10 he was converted in 
the Florence Avenue Baptist Church 
in that city. Concerning his conver- 
sion he says. "It was through the 
efforts of godly Bible school teachers 
as well as those of a good minister 
of God, that I came to realize myself 
as a sinner in need of a Saviour." 

After his return to civilian life 
Carl Brydon came under the minis- 
try of Rev. Paul R. Bauman, then 
pastor of the Second Church, Los 
Angeles. Brother Bauman led him 
back to the Lord and baptized him 
in 1938. 

His preparation for the ministry 
was taken at the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles, which he attended for 
four years, graduating with the Th.B. 
degree. He was ordained to the 
Brethi-en ministry at the First 
Church, Los Angeles, May 16, 1948. 
The late Rev. Herbert Bruce was 

the presiding officer, and Dr. Charles 
W. Mayes delivered the address, 
with several other ministers partici- 
pating in the service. 

Brother Brydon was pastor of the 
West Athens Community Church for 

with Christ in their hearts have lib- 
erty in Him. 

Across the top of me in little tiny 
letters, if you look close, you'll see a 
wonderful motto. Wonder why it 
isn't bigger. I like that motto: "In 
God We Trust." I trust in God, do 
you? Why just the other day I heard 
a boy say, "I can't trust Joe." Some- 
times friends fail us. But one sure 
thing- — we can always put our trust 
in God and He will never fail. 

I wonder, when I look around, if 
there is anything on my back. This 
is sorta hard for a penny to do — look 
over her shoulder. But sure enough 
there is something. "United States 

four months in 1946. For 18 months 
in 1947-48 he was assistant pastor of 
the First Church, Los Angeles. In 
1948-49 he was interim pastor of the 
Second Church, Los Angeles, for 
about nine months. He began his 
present pastorate in Santa Barbara 
in June, 1949. 

During his high school days Cai'l 
Brydon helped his father on an ice 
route, and from 1940 to 1945 he 
worked in the paymaster's office at 
Lockheed Au-craft. 

Mrs. Brydon, the foiiner Martha 
L. Hay, is from the Second Church, 
Los Angeles. They have two sons, 
Dennis Carl, 8; and Timothy Lee, 6. 

Carl Brydon is 5 feet, 11 inches 
tall, weighs 185 pounds, and has blue 
eyes and brown hair. 

of America." That lets people know 
to what country I belong. U. S. is a 
good country. But I wish I were a 
Christian girl or boy and could be 
able to say that I belonged to heaven. 

The biggest letters on me say 
"One Cent." That tells my value. 
At least I'm worth something — one 
penny. That's not very much, but it 
is a little, and a little put in God's 
hand becomes much. 

Boys and girls, you may think that 
just because you are young and 
small that you are not worth much. 
But remember. Penny says that your 
life given to Christ will be worth 
more to Him than the whole world. 


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The Good News revival at the 
Grace Brethren Church was a dem- 
onstration of the way in which the 
Holy Spirit can work in spite of 
every obstacle. 

Temperatures as low as 25 below 
zero, with 18 inches of snow on the 
ground, presented more than the 
usual obstacles in reaching men for 
Christ. Some who really wanted to 
be present could not be, and many 
who promised, and probably would 
have come, had an extra excuse for 
staying at home. 

The cold weather caused pleasure 
seekers to cancel their dances but 
the doors of the church were open 
every evening. Not only so, but the 
attendance was commendable, with 
a steady growth in interest as the 
meetings progressed. The average 
attendance was higher than a year 
ago and the attendance from Yakima 
was much higher than a year ago. 

These three weeks have been a 
demonstration of working in the 
power of the Spirit instead of the 
energy of the flesh. This was not 
Hollywood evangelism in which 
everything is hyper, super, or colos- 
sal. It was not a syncopated, self- 
generated, high-pressured enthusi- 
asm which strives to draw men with 
the dynamics of the speaker's own 
personality and program. Rather it 
was the heart-warming, soul-search- 
ing work of the Spirit of God speak- 
ing through the Word of God to the 
hearts of men. During the three 
weeks, we had the joy of seeing the 
Spirit working in unifying and set- 
ting on fire the hearts of the saints 
and in convicting and convincing the 

The chief purpose of a meeting is 
not to have decisions in order to be 
able to count numbers, but to have 
decisions made which are abiding 
and from the heart. On this basis, 
the spiritual results are gratifying. 

There were five who came for re- 
dedication of life and church mem- 
bership. Five others came to make 
a public decision for Christ, and two 
came for a fuller consecration of life. 
In addition to these, there were 16 
boys and girls who made public de- 
cisions for Christ in a special service 
held during the Sunday-school hour. 
Many of these children come from 
non -Christian homes and this gives 

an opportunity not only to reach the 
child but also the family. 

A baptismal service was held on 
the closing Sunday evening. A 
father and mother with their two 
sons, and a husband and wife were 
baptized and received into the mem- 
bership of the church. Another bap- 
tismal service is planned for the near 
future for those who were unable to 
be baptized at this time. 

It has been a real joy to me as the 
pastor to labor together with Brother 
Ashman in winning precious souls. 
His . messages were heart-warming 
and alive as he builds not superfi- 
cially but solidly and pei-manentlj 
upon the living Word of God. — Rus- 
sell L. Williams, pastor. 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Yakima, Wash., is a Home Missions 
Council church. It is a gigantic task 
to open up a new work, develop the 
field, build a building, and gather a 
congregation these days. It takes 
faith and courage and consistent 
perseverance. It requires prevailing 
prayer and the wisdom that comes 
from above. It demands daily, per- 
sonal visitation. Our Home Mis- 
sions Council is being greatly used 
of the Lord in providing men and 
money and supervision in establish- 
ing these Brethren churches and 
guiding them until they become self- 
supporting. The Grace Brethren 
Church of Yakima, Wash., is an ex- 
ample of these things. 

The three weeks we spent with 
the pastor, Russell Williams, and the 
group of Biblical believers he has 
gathered were rich in genuine Chris- 
tian fellowship. There were many 
hindrances, among which was that 
of the weather. For almost two full 
weeks heavy snow, ice, and sub-zero 
temperature which reached below 
25, kept many people away and gave 
a handy excuse for others not to 
come. There was nothing we could 
do about this hindrance. We did 
this, however: since the folks did 
not come, we took the Gospel to 
them in their homes. The pastor and 
evangelist spent many hours with 
the open Bible in the homes, teach- 
ing the way of salvation and in- 
structing in those Biblical doctrines 
which are precious to genuine 
Brethren. But it is rare if definite 
decisions are made apart from the 
public services. The seed was sown 
in hearts in the homes. It will bear 

fruit in salvation and church mem- 
bership in due season. 

It was a joy to preach to and teach 
those who were faithful in attend- 
ance and prayer. We appreciated 
the privilege of encouraging the 
faithful pastor. We found him to be 
a steady, persevering, wise, personal 
worker. He had a large list of 
prospects, much larger than you 
usually find in a well-established 
work. To secure this large list of 
prospects in so short a time was evi- 
dence of much visitation on the part 
of pastor and people. We forecast 
that within a short time the Yakima 
Brethren church will be greatly in- 
creased in membership. Many are 
interested and studying, but not 
quite ready yet to accept all the 
Scriptural doctrines which the 
Brethren Church believes and prac- 
tices. Instead of weakening in these 
doctrines or compromising these 
practices for the sake of members, 
the pastor and church are keeping 
them constantly before the commu- 
nity in a kind, conciliatory, teaching 
manner. This will bear fruit in de- 

The Brethren Church everywhere 
needs to be careful of the spirit of 
extreme, independent movements, 
both without the church and also 
within. They are divisive. They 
are usually buUt around a man more 
than a movement. Much contention 
and confusion have resulted in the 
ranks of sincere Christian people 
because of such leadership. We 
commend the pastor and people of 
Yakima for their loyalty to the Word 
of God. May the Lord richly reward 
them for this. Beloved Brethren, 
everywhere, stick to the ship! Turn 
a deaf ear to these independent 
movements and men. "Earnestly 
contend for the faith once delivered 
unto the saints." — Charles H. Ash- 
man, Sr., evangelist. 


During a three-weeks revival cam- 
paign in Lancaster, Pa., January 1- 
22, nearly 500 souls were personally 
dealt with and their names recorded. 
The meetings were sponsored by the 
Christian Business Men's Committee 
and co-operating churches. Dr. 
Robert J. Wells was the evangelist, 
assisted by Song Leader J. Stratton 

March 4, 1950 


THEY WILL NEED $150,000! 

$150,000 will not be a penny too much for the 60 missionaries and 
nearly half as many children in the three fields and with another field 
in prospect. Last year we received our greatest offering in history, 
$133,582.44, but we spent $150,630.80, an excess of $17,048.36 over 
the amount received — we used of our reserves. 

These reserves were built up during the war years, when we could 
not get missionaries to the field, with the thought that when the time 
came we would be ready to expand, and we have expanded. Some 13 
new missionaries went to the field this year — that is an increase of 
about 27 percent, but prices have also been greatly inflated. 

We trust that we may not need to dip into our reserves for another 
year. The reader will understand that we cannot for long continue 
spending more than we receive. There are several possible solutions 
to the problems which are before us: 

1. We can reduce the number of missionaries and refuse to send any 
new missionaries to the field, but the challenge is that thousands 
are dying without Christ. 

2. We can reduce the salaries and allowances of missionaries, but 
they are distressingly small as they are at present. 

3. We can lengthen the terms of missionaries, thus spending less for 
travel and transportation, but to do this is a menace to the health 
of every missionary. 

4. We can reduce field expenses, but we hazard the lives of mission- 
aries if we have improper and insufficient housing. We limit the 
accomphshment of the missionaries if we have inefficient and in- 
sufficient equipment with which they can work. 

5. We can reduce homeland expenses, but our home expenses are not 
large for a business transacting $150,000 worth of business per 
year, and that amount received from approximately 5,000 people 
and used in the care, and support, and purchasing for 60 different 
missionaries in three different fields. 

6. We can increase our gifts, our tithes, and offerings. This is Biblical, 
for the Word says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse" 
(Mai. 3:10). It is possible. We can all do more proportionately if 
we understand the urgency of the situation. It is probable — ice 
believe it will be done! 

The best way to help those 60 missionaries and guarantee that 
others will be sent to the field is to begin now by laying aside of the 
tithes and offerings for the largest offering in our Foreign Mission 

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The amazing thing about the tears 
of Jesus is their utter unselfishness. 
As the world's Sin-bearer He might 
well have wept over His own suffer- 
ing in spirit and body. But it was 
the sin, and blindness, and coming 
judgment on others that brought 
forth the tears of compassion from 
His eyes. 

"And when he was come near [to 
Jerusalem], he beheld the city, and 
wept over it" (Luke 19:41). 

Perhaps you have looked over 
your city, and admired its beauty. 
You may have looked over it, 
thought of its sin, and condemned it 
in your heart. But when have you 
looked over your home town and 
wept because of the spiritual blind- 
ness and impending judgment? Like 
the Prodigal Son we can cherish the 
glamour of the city. Or like Jonah 
we can sit in our booth of self-right- 
eousness and await the predicted 
day of doom. But how little of the 
spirit of Jesus has yet found a home 
in our hearts! 

As He looked over His own city 
on that spring morning His piercing 
eyes saw Pilate, and Herod, and the 
Sanhedrin; He saw the priests, and 
the merchants, and the children — 
especially the children (Luke 19:44). 
He saw the destruction of Jerusa- 
lem — and the hell beyond. And He 

Later that week when they were 
dragging Him out of that city to 
Calvary, and many of the women 
were mourning His fate, He turned 
to them and said, "Daughters of 
Jerusalem, weep not for me, but 
weep for yourselves, and for your 
children" (Luke 23:28). In "the 
shadow of Golgotha, His tears were 
for those who were blindly rushing 
on to their doom. 

The men and women whom God 
has used mightily in the world have 
been those who have wept over 
others. When Haman planned the 
destruction of Isr?el it was the tear- 
ful pleading of Esther that saved 
God's people (Esther 8:3). When 
God's people wore led into caotivity, 
God raised up the Weeping Prophet 

to cry out, "Mine eyes do fail with 
tears, my bowels are troubled, my 
liver is poured upon the earth, for 
the destruction of the daughter cf 
my people; because the children and 
the sucklings swoon in the streets of 
the city" (Lam. 2:11). When the 
time drew near for the restoration of 
Jerusalem, there was Daniel who 
tells us, "I set my face unto the Lord 
God, to seek by prayer and suppa- 
cations, with fasting, and sackcloth, 
and ashes . . ." (Dan. 9:3). When 
God wanted to save the Indians of 
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, He 
found a David Brainerd who wou d 
weep and pray over them until his 
clothing was soaked with perspira- 
tion as he prayed in the snow. If 
souls are to be saved, if the church 
is to be cleansed, if revival fires .are 
to burn, someone must pay the price 
in honest tears for others. 

Dees someone say that we are 

commanded to "rejoice in the Lord 
alway"? Aren't Christians supposed 
to be happy all the time? Someone 
has written: "I find the tendency in 
modern 'revival' is to get a congre- 
gation happy, and singing and smil- 
ing, and the slogan of many modern 
evangelists seems to be, 'Are you 
happy?' If I understand my Bible 
right, a real revival begins by mak- 
ing everyone unhappy. The mighty 
revivals of our fathers' time used to 
make congregations weep instead of 

Jesus is "the blessed [happy] 
God," yet He was "the man of sor- 
rows" who wept over Jerusalem. It 
was the Paul who tells us to "re- 
joice evermore" who told the Ephe- 
sian elders, "By the space of three 
years I ceased not to warn every cne 
night rnd day with tears" (Acts 20: 
31). To the Corinthians he said, 
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Mrs. Dora Dunbar, mother of our 
missionary to the Navahos, Miss 
Dorothy Dunbar, died suddenly Feb- 
ruary 20. 

Attention is called to the article 
about the Brethren Day Schools in 
Long Beach, Calif., by Dr. Charles 
W. Mayes. Brother Mayes says, "I 
hope people will take seriously the 
last paragraph." 

Attendance at prayer m3etin5 at 
the First Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
February 22 was 127. 

Next Wednesday, March 15, i> the 
last Brethren day of prayer before 
the all-important Easter Cffaring is 

Pastor K. E. Richardscn writes 
from Radjord, Va., "Had Brother 
Barnard wtih us February 15, 16, 
with good attendance — 125 and 157. 
Four girls accepted Jesus as Saviour 
at Junior Sisterhood meeting last 
Friday night; three of them made 
public confession Sunday morning; 
also there were six redediiaticns 
Sunday night. We had 70 out for 
prayer meeting last night. We ai-e 
looking forward to a great revival 
with Bro. Bob Miller as our evan- 
gelist beginning April 10." 

The Canton, Ohio, buHetin of Feb- 
ruary 26 says, "13 precious TjOuIs 
have said Yes' to Jesus already this 

Pastor Dean I. Walter of the 
Vicksburg church, Hollidaysburg, 
Pa., writes: "After much prayer, pa- 


Editor and Business Mannger. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winana Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E., Wasiiington 20. D.C. 

W. M, C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. H-'cker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

tience, and perseverance, the pastor, 
who dabbles in chemistry on the 
side, has achieved some measure of 
success in the determination of oxy- 
gen in titanium, the resuits of which 
are published in the current issue of 
Anaiytical Chemi3try." 

Rev. James Marshall, Brethren 
missionary approved for service in 
Argentinji, has received word that it 
may be a long time before visas are 
granted, so his delay in this country 
may be prolonged. In the meantime 
he would like to be busy for the 
Lord, so would welcome pulpit sup- 
ply work or missionary deputation 
appointments in Indiana, Ohio, or 
Pennsylvania. Longer trips may be 
undertaken if several churches co- 
operate. His address is Box 163, 
New Waterford, Ohio. 

Rev. Meredith Halpin, pastor of 
the church in Shai-psville, Ind., re- 
signed February 22. Consequently, 
he will be open to a call to any 
Brethren work in the near future. 
Brother Halpin, a graduate of Grace 
Seminary, is from Long Beach, Caiif. 

The new Brethren church to be 
constructed on Was.iington Bou e- 
vard in Whittier, Calif., is being 
planned to house a Christian day 
school as well. Construction is ex- 
pected to begin within .a few weeks. 

Brethren were well repres3nted .at 
a recent meeting of the Association 
of Christian Schools in the southern 
Ca'ifcrnia area. About 40 schools 
were represented. Rev. Albert L. 
Flory acted as toastmaster at the 
banquet, and Rev. Thcm:is Hammers 
is secretary of the .association. 

Rev. Dingman Teuling, chalk .art- 
ist, will be the evange'ist at the First 
Church, Johnstow7i, Pa., March 23 
to April 9. Brother Woodrow New- 
man was guest speaker at the church 
Sunday morning, February 12, and 
led the Singspiration that evening. 

Attendance at a recent commun- 
ion servi:;e Et Bellflower, Calif., was 
80, and 32 of them were men. Dr. 
and Mrs. Charles R. Manley brought 
to the church a missionary m2ssage 
from India in dialog and costume 
February 22. Pastor George Ricli- 
ard'son and Dr. Kenneth Drennon, 
of Whittier, exchanged pulpits Feb- 
ruary 23. 

The church at Yakima, Wash., .has 
had an increase of 29 members since 
January 1, 1949. 

The Brethren Boys Club and the 
Pioneer Girls of the Chico, CaHf., 
church had a combined attendance 
of 40 at their Februarv 10 meeting. 

Sunday school attendance at the 
First Church, Philadelphia, Pa., Feb- 
ruary 12 was "up to 203." 

The Thanksgiving offering of the 
First Church, Long Beach, Calif., 
was the largest in the history of the 
church. Including the Jewish mis- 
sion offering it amounted to $10,- 
943 23. 

Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman plans 
to move to Dayton, Ohio, about May 
1 to become the first pastor of the 
new Patterson Park church. 

The scheduled meetings with Dr. 
L. S. Bauman at the North Riverdale 
church, Dayton, Ohio, have been 
postponed until May or June. Dr. 
Paul Bauman will hold a Bible con- 
ference at the church May 5-7. 

The price of the hound volumes of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald for 
1949 has been reduced to $5.90 on 
account of a saving in the binding 
cost. Your own Heralds may be 
bound for $3.90. 

Rev. Lee Jenkijis, of Dayton, Ohio, 
is graduating from Grace Seminary 
this year, and would be interested 
in a call to a Brethren work before 
May 1. 

Mrs. Hohenstein, mother of the 
p~stor at Waterloo, Iowa, died last 

Bro. Gerald Robinson and family, 
of Waterloo, Iowa, lost their home 
and all of their belongings in a fire 
February 23. 

Rev. Marion Gates, of Altoona, Pa., 
h?s accepted a call to become pastor 
of the church in Clayton, Ohio. 

While the new church building is 
going up at Martinshurg, W. Va., the 
congregation is experiencing a real 
revival. There were 29 decisions in 
two recent weeks. They hope to 
dedicate the first unit of their build- 
ing on the first anniversary of the 
organization of the work. 

While plans are being made for a 
Bible school annex at the Hagers- 
town, Md., church, a number of im- 
provements are being made in the 
present building, including the en- 
closing of two stairways. Dr. L. S. 
Bauman will hold a Bible conference 
at the church April 3-7. 

Dr. L. S. Bauman is busily at work 
on his forthcoming book, a history of 
Brethren missions, which he hopes 
to have published before National 

The first dividend book to be given 
to members of tlie Brethren Book 
Club who have purchased four 
books will be announced and re- 
viewed in next week's paper. 

March 11.1950 


Junior High and High School 

Elementary School 

Brethren Day School in Thh'd Year 

In September 1949, the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach 
opened its third year of day school 
activities in two buildings, covering 
grades 1-10 inclusive. 

The school, under the direction 
and administration of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
uses a beautiful building erected for 
the purpose by the Second Brethren 
Church at its location, 60th and 
Orange. The first six grades are 
conducted at this location. 

Grades 7-10 inclusive meet in the 
new high school building which is 
situated on 10 acres of ground two 
miles north of the grade school, re- 
cently completed, with a floor space 
of over 11,000 square feet. The en- 
rollment of the school now stands at 
130 for the first six grades and 91 for 
the junior high and high school, 
making a total of 221. 

The staff of 18 teachers and work- 
ers is headed by Albert L. Flory, 
superintendent of both schools. 
Brother Flory was called by the 
First Brethren Church early in 1947 
in the capacity of Minister of Edu- 
cation. He is head of the Bible De- 
partment and is assisted in the work 
by Mrs. Stanley Smith. Grade school 
teachers teach the Bible in their re- 
spective rooms. 

The members of the staff are pre- 
sented as follows: 


Albert L. Flory, of the First 
Church, Long Beach, as Minister of 
Education, is superintendent of the 
schools. He teaches Bible, Latin, 
and Mathematics at the high school. 


Kathryn Rogers is from Belling- 
ham. Wash. She came to Long 
Beach in the fall of 1948 from Whea- 
ton Academy. She teaches English 
and Science. 

Stanley Smith and his wife, of 
Long Beach, were graduated from 
Westmont College, February 1950, 
and joined our staff for the second 
semester this year. Stanley teaches 
Science, Mathematics, Civics, Lit- 
erature, and Typing. 

Mrs. Stanley Smith, formerly Jac- 
quelyn Murdock, who grew up at 
Fifth and Cherry, teaches Bible, 
Spanish, History, and English. 

Chauncey B. Story is from Long 
Beach, having taught many years in 
the public school system. He has 
been well known in the city for his 
testimony and especially for his in- 
terest in child evangelism. He 
teaches Agriculture and Manual 

Peter Slack, of Long Beach, con- 
ducts the glee club. He is also stu- 
dio organist for KGER. He has made 
many contributions to music in 
Christian circles. 

Clarice Fulkerson is from Long 
Beach First Church. She holds the 
position of Librarian and teaches 
Domestic Arts. 

Ruth Nelson, of Long Beach First 
Church, is bookkeeper for both 
schools and office secretary for the 
high school. Mrs. Nelson has been 
associated with the school since its 

Lawrence Thou 
Beach First Church, 
of the high school building and 
drives the 1946 Chevrolet 44-pas- 
senger school bus. This is his sec- 
ond year on the staff. 

Dorotha Harmonson is from Long 
Beach First Church. She has charge 
of Physical Education at both 

Gladys Schremp, a trained nurse 
from the First Brethren Church of 

is from Long 
He is custodian 







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Name Address 




Bellflower works full time with re- 
sponsibilities at both schools. 

Wilma Price, of Long Beach, 
teaches fifth and sixth grades. This 
is her second year with our elemen- 
tary school. 

Opaf Pieper, of the First Brethren 
Church of South Gate, teaches third 
and fourth grades. Mrs. P i e p e r 
taught formerly in Montana and re- 
cently in the Los Angeles system. 

Dorothy Murphy, of Long Beach, 
teaches the second grade. Miss 
Murphy taught previously with Re- 
leased Time in the city. 

Mary Mulloy, of Long Beach First 
Church, teaches first grade. She has 
taught eight years in the public 
school system and is a graduate of 
the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 
Miss Mulloy is Principal of the ele- 
mentary school. She has been with 
the schools from the beginning. 

Aljreda Meadowcroft, of Long 
Beach, is office secretary of the ele- 
mentary school. 

M. I. Skofstad is from Long Beach 

Second Church. He is custodian of 
the elementary school building. 

Don Ketchum is from Long Beach 
First Church. He drives the 1949 
Dodge 55 -passenger bus. 

Since the First Brethren Church 
of Fifth and Cherry is responsible 

Mr. and Mrs. (Jacqueline Murdoch) 
Stanley Smith 

for the administration of these 
schools, many people from that con- 
gregation have shown great interest 
and carried much responsibility. 
Bob Douglas has been the draftsman 
for drawing the plans for the high 
school. Two men, Paul Stanke and 
Albert Patching worked on the 
building steadUy for nine months. 
Thousands of man hours have been 
donated by friends both inside and 
outside the congregation. Many 
others have given money or articles 
of equipment. 

The school is directed by a board 
of five, four of whom are elected 
regularly from the congregation of 
the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach. The board now consists of 
Dr. W. Ward Altig, chairman; Don- 
ald W. Dyer, Mrs. Robert Hurley, 
William B. Coon, and the pastor of 
the church, who is a peiTnanent 
member of the board. 

A special invitation is extended to 
all who attend the National Fellow- 
ship next August to visit the Breth- 
ren schools of Long Beach. 

March 11,1950 







Brethren Book Club News for April 

The Brethren Book Club presents 
two recommended books for April. 
The fii-st selection is "For Better, 
Not For Worse," by the late Dr. 
Walter A. Maier, famed Lutheran 
Hour minister. The second choice 
is the just-published fiction prize 
winner, "Until the Day Break," by 
Sallie Lee Bell. Read the reviews 
that follow, and make your selection. 

As you know, if you are already a 
member of the BBC and want the 
first-choice book for April you do 
not need to do anything to get it. It 
will come to you automatically, with 
invoice enclosed, early in the month. 
If you want the second-choice book, 
or do not wish any book for April, 
you must return the rejection slip to 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company, Winona Lake, Ind., before 
April 1. 

If you are not yet a member of the 
club, this would be a good month to 
join. Just fill out the membership 
blank, indicating which book you 
prefer, enclosing payment for it, and 
sending it to the Missionary Herald. 
With your chosen book you will re- 
ceive a gift copy of "Stranger Than 
Fiction," by Dr. Florence N. Gribble. 
Every Brethren home should have 
this book which tells the life story 
of this great missionary to Africa. 


By Dr. Walter A. Maier 

If Dr. Maier, the noted Lutheran 
preacher and professor, who was 
loosed away upward recently, had 
left behind no other work than this 
volume his name would and should 
be remembered among Christians of 
all denominations. 

The subtitle, "A Manual of Chris- 
tian Matrimony," tells exactly what 
the book contains. The author deals 
with every phase of marriage from 
the earliest days of courtship, 
through the engagement, the wed- 
ding, the life in the new home, the 
altar for Bible reading and prayer, 
and finally the home in heaven. Also 
he deals with the very practical mat- 
ters of finances, living quarters, edu- 
cation, and the place of children in 
the home. 

Realistically, yet very reverently, 
the book points out the dangers to 
marital morals to be found in im- 
pure literature, improper marriage 
advisors, indecent motion pictures. 

and the iniquitous dance. Divorce 
and birth control, the two bUjhts 
upon happy marriages, are pointed 
out as the enemies of God and man. 
Mixed marriages are shown to be 
the source of many problems and 
little happiness. 

In recommending this book, which 
the reviewer does most heartily, one 
warning must be issued: the author 
is a Lutheran and therefore hoMs a 
position concerning the communion 
service and concerning alcoholics 
with which the Brethren cannot 
agree. Also, one feels that he holds 
out too much hope for the movie in-, 
dustry. But don't let these faults 
keep you from this, perhaps, the 
greatest book ever written by man 
on the subject of Marriage, a book 
of more than 600 pages. — Conard K. 

This manual of Christian matri- 
mony was written by the late Walter 
Maier, well-known preacher of the 
Lutheran Hour. The writer believed 
that the best safeguard of the church 
and the state is a Christian home. 
With this in mind he compiled this 
book dealing with a large number of 
problems associated with home and 
family life. The first part of the 
book, generally speaking, deals with 
pre-marriage problems. Among 
these are the matter of chastity, the 
dance, motion pictures, evil compan- 
ionships, lustful literature, etc. The 
last pai-t of the book deals with post- 
marriage problems: divorce, birth 
control, family finances, husbandly 
headship, working wives, etc. 

We urge our young people, espe- 
cially high school and college stu- 
dents, to read this book. It will fur- 
nish you with answers to many of 
the attacks of unbelievers on simple 
virtue and family life. It will help 
you with many of the problems of 
life which sooner or later you will 
meet. This is a real world and its 
problems are real. Here is a book 
which will give you help, and you 
will not need to be ashamed if 
caught reading it. 

This reviewer does not agree with 
everything in the book. Our chief 
criticism centers on his discussion of 
temperance and divorce and remar- 
riage. However, these need not de- 
tract from the general value of the 
work and we recommend it for your 
consideration. — Blaine Snyder. 


By Sallie Lee Bell 

Sallie Lee Bell has without a 
doubt caught the spirit of an age 
long ago and crystallized it within 
the printed page. This novel breathes 
the atmosphere of those days when 
Christ walked through Judean and 
Galilean scenes, and brings to life in 
living personalities something of the 
mystery, the majesty, and the mirac- 
ulous that men and women in every 
age have felt when brought into per- 
sonal touch with Jesus Christ. 

In a setting of Roman intrigue 
within the Herodian palace in Ti- 
berius by the Sea of Galilee most of 
these scenes take place. Mara, the 
heroine of the story, a Jewish or- 
phan, and the unfortunate victim of 
hnteful scheming on the part of He- 
rodias, the wife of Herod, falls in 
love with a young Jewish lad, Judah 
by name, who is a follower of John 
the Baptist. Mara and Judah later 
become followers of Christ. Herod's 
fancy for Mara arouses the jealousy 
of Herodias. And When she learns 
of the mutual love of Judah and 
Mara she uses it to her advantage 
and the destruction of the two. 

Through scenes of violence, per- 
secution, and madness, the two are 
driven by the inhuman passions of 
Herod and Herodias. At last it ap- 
pears that for their faith in Christ 
they must sufTer the most horrifying 
of deaths at the jaws of lions. They 
are resigned to their fate. If the 
darkness of death sweeps down up- 
on them, it will last only "until the 
day break, and the shadows flee 
away," for Christ will very shortly 
establish His kingdom. 

Though this story does not purport 
to recreate the historical scenes of 
the first century, the Biblical and 
historical narrative of that day is 
made to live again with some accu- 
racy. — Hernian A. Hoyt. 

In this romance of the time of 
Christ the maniac of Gadara and 
the harlot who anointed the Lord's 
feet at the house of Simon come to 
life as the hero and heroine. Mara, 
product of an apostate Jewish home, 
is the slave and concubine of Herod, 
as well as rival to Herodias for 
the afifection of that wicked ruler. 
Sent to Jerusalem on account of 
Herodias' jealousy, she falls in love 


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with the pious Judah, disciple of 
Jonn the Baptist, only to be discov- 
ered in her faithlessness to Herod 
and condemned to a life of shame by 
Herod. In the meantime, driven 
mad by torture and shock, Judah 
becomes the maniac of Gadara. 

Mara, healed and forgiven by the 
Lord at Simon's house, and Judah, 
his demons cast out, and restored to 
sanity, together come to what seems 
about to be their death in the arena 
of Herod at Tiberias. But, struck 
dead in their presence, Herod is re- 
moved and in the clamor of the oc- 
casion, the two escape and presum- 
ably "live happily ever after." 

The story is quite true to the his- 
tory and conditions of the days of 
our Lord. You will enjoy this ro- 
mantic tale, though it is a little too 
frank for the youngest readers. — 
Robert Duncan Culver. 



(Continued froin Page 162) 

"Out of much affliction and anguish 
of heart I wrote unto you with many 
tears" (II Cor. 2:4). And in that 
same Philippian Epistle in which he 
tells us so often to rejoice, he says, 
"I . . . tell you even weeping . . ." 
(Phil. 3:18). 

It is evident that genuine Chris- 
tian joy is not incompatible with 
weeping for others. In fact. Chris- 
tian joy is not just a matter of being 
happy and cheerful; it is an entering 
into the blessedness of God, sharing 
His compassion for sinners, and do- 
ing that which leads to their salva- 
tion. Christian joy is made richer 
as one weeps over lost souls, praying 
and leading them to Christ. 

This is the time for weeping. The 
possibility of the A-bomb and the 
H-bomb, and the certainty of divine 
judgment to come, should drive 
L._.j wiiristian to tears for others. 
Jesus said, "Blessed are ye that weep 
now" (Luke 6:21). "Weeping may 
endure for a night, but joy cometh 
in the morning" (Psa. 30:5). This is 
the night. "They that sow in tears 
shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth 
and weepeth, bearing precious seed, 
shall doubtless come again with re- 
joicing, bringing his sheaves with 
Hm" (Psa. 126:5, 6). This is the 
time of sowing the seed. The time 
when "God shall wipe away all tears 
from their eyes" (Rev. 21:4) is yet 
future. Will He find any tears in 

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Rev. Alan S. Pearce, associate pas- 
tor of the church in Washington, 
D. C, was converted at the age of 
14 at the bedside of his mother, just 
before her death. She said, "Jesus 
wants . . .," naming each member of 
the family; then lifted up her hands 
toward heaven, saying, "Jesus, 
Jesus," and she was gone. Her holy 
life, and her devotion to the Word of 
God, had made an impression on her 
son which led him to the Lord. 

Brother Pearce adds, "Another 
person who exerted a great influence 
on my life was a godly Methodist 
Sunday school teacher by the name 
of Alfred Benn, who frequently 
taught his class of boys, of which I 
was a member, with tears in his 
eyes. I wondered what made him 
cry, and soon learned it was because 
of his great passion for the salvation 
of the boys in his class." 

Alan Pearce was born in London, 
England, May 10, 1896. At the age 
of 7 he came to Canada with his 
parents and three brothers, settling 
in Montreal. About a year before 
the mother's death the family be- 
came acquainted with the Brethren 
church in Montreal. It was there 
that Brother Pearce made his pub- 
lic confession of faith in Christ, un- 
der the ministry of Evangelist I. D. 
Bowman. Pastor M. L. Sands bap- 
tized him and received him into the 

During the pastorate of Rev. 
Thomas H. Broad at Montreal, Alan 
Pearce was led to apply for entrance 
as a student at the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles. Graduating from that 
school in 1919, he was ordained in 
July at the First Church, Los An- 
geles, with Rev. N. W. Jennings of- 
ficiating. While he was still a stu- 
dent he became secretary of the 
Correspondence School of the Insti- 
tute, and continued this work full- 

time until 1925, with the exception 
of eight months spent in the mission 
school at Lost Creek, Ky. 

Then for about a year and a half 
he was associate pastor of the First 
Church, Long Beach. In 1926 he 
returned to the Bible Institute to re- 
sume his work in the Correspond- 
ence School and to become advertis- 
ing manager of the ¥Lings Business 
magazine. In 1931 he also became 
manager of the Biola Book Room. 
In 1933 he again became associated 
with Dr. L. S. Bauman at the First 
Church, Long Beach, remaining 
there for 15 years. After a short 
time with Prophecy Monthly maga- 
zine, he became associated again in 
1949 with Dr. Bauman, this time in 
Washington, D. C. 

His wife, the former Pearle Wood- 
mansee, is from New York, During 
their years in Long Beach she built 
up a Bible school library of 5,000 
volumes there, considered by many 
as the best-organized church library 
in the country. They had one 
daughter, Jean Esther, who died at 
the age of eight months. 

Alan Pearce is 5 feet, 10 inches 
tall, weighs 130 pounds, and has blue 
eyes and grey hair. 

your eyes — except selfish tears? 
Is this prophecy being fulfilled in 
you today — 

"And in that day did the Lord God 
of hosts call to weeping, and to 
mourning, and to baldness, and to 
girding with sackcloth: and behold 
joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and 
killing sheep, eating flesh, and drink- 
ing wine" (Isa. 22:12)? 

If we answer God's "call to weep- 
ing," the Easter Offering will be 
more than $150,000; the Home Mis- 
sion deficit will be changed into a 
surplus; the cost of the Seminary 
building will be met; but more than 
that, our lives will be cleansed, our 
churches will be revived, our neigh- 
bors will be saved, and God will be 



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Woman's Place in the Lord's Service: In the Home 


The subject assigned to me for this article seems to 
recognize the precious truth of revelation that Christ, 
the Head, places each member of His body in its own 
setting, according to His own will. All who have been 
saved by His grace have a place in His service. And 
since Christ has appointed the place, it is a place of 
honor and distinction. Life cannot be less bountiful and 
full because it has been yielded to Christ. On the con- 
trary, it must be infinitely greater and more fruitful or 
we would have to conclude that man is greater than 
God — more able to find real happiness and pui-pose in 
life than what God can show. 

Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth evaluates 
Christian experience when he says: "In every thing ye 
are enriched by him . . ." If the woman finds her place 
to be in a special sense in the home, she should recog- 
nize immediately that it is so by divine appointment, and 
that He who planned it meant it to be a rich and blessed 
experience. "I am come that they might have life, and 
that they might have it . . . abundantly." 

First of all we shall look at an Old Testament proph- 
ecy (Zech. 14:21): "Every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah 
shall be holiness unto the Lord . . ." There was a time 
when only the vessels of the Lord's house were counted 
as being holy. The priests, and the special robes in 
which they ministered, had been set apart for the Lord's 
service. But now, even the bells of the horses were to 
bare the sacred legend, "Holy unto the Lord." Dr. F. B. 
Meyer thought that this new order indicated the break- 
ing down of the line between what is often called the 
sacred and the secular in this dispensation of grace. 
Certainly there has been a great revelation of grace, and 
a great elevation of the worth and position of common 
things when the pots in the kitchens became as much 
dedicated to the Lord as were the vessels of the altar 
in the temple! 

Reduced to a present application, we may see that the 
woman in the home with her pots and pans, her vac- 
uum cleaner and washing machine, and her needle and 
thread is serving God as truly as those who "minister 
at the altar." And I doubt not that the burden that 
sometimes seems heavy and drab would take on a 
brighter aspect in the eyes of the overwrought mother if 
she could always realize that upon these tools of her 
craft is engraved the legend, "Holy unto the Lord." 

It is a principle of Biblical bookkeeping that those who 
make possible the more public service of others share 
equally with them at the harvest time. In the last 
chapter of the Book of Proverbs a great tribute is paid 
to the virtues of a good woman. In verse 23 we read 
these words: "Her husband is known in the gates, when 
he sitteth among the elders of the land." He had ad- 
vanced to a position of importance among men, and was 
both well known and well liked. But when he appeared 
in his well-made homespun garments; when his face 
shone with happiness and contentment that is the fruit 
of love in the home; when he spoke words of wisdom 
that betokened a clear mind, free from petty annoy- 
ances that caused other men to falter and fail, those who 
saw him saw also his good wife at home whose love and 
industry made him the great man that he was. It was 
not Mr. Brown whom the people saw. It was Mrs. 
Brown's husband! If this writer were assured that his 
name would not appear with this paper, he would boldly 
say that he knows a lot of pretty good preachers who 
would hardly have "made the grade" had it not been for 
the companionship, counsel, prayers, and push of a good 
wife. "Her husband is known in the pulpit when he 
standeth up to preach." 

I know, sisters — if you are still with me — that you are 
getting impatient with all this behind-the-scene activity. 
You do not want to work by proxy. Well, let's see now 
— what can we find for you to do? "Remember, sir, I 
have the children to look after." Fine. Let's begin 
there. And I hope they are still very young, for it is a 
fact that you will have done about half of all you will 
ever be able to do in molding the character and shaping 
the destiny of your child by the time he has reached his 
third birthday. Half of your job in making him a good 
man — or a bad one — is done by this time. You won't 
want to get so busy with your "career" that you will fail 
your own child. I know a lady who went to a class to 
study the art of First Aid. When she returned home she 
found that her boy, whom she had left without proper 
care, had fallen and broken his arm. If you neglect the 
spiritual life of your "baby" in your desire to get out 
and do something big, you may find when it is too late 
that tragedy has struck in your own home and your 
darling has broken your heart. 

Maybe you would like to be a missionary. I know a 


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mother who would say that she could not be a mission- 
ary to the Indians if she were able to go among them. 
But she is having a share in the work just the same. She 
takes bright new scraps of materials and makes boxes 
full of dolls and animals which the missionary finds very 
useful in making contact with the Indian or the Spanish- 
American boy and girl. A friend in California has had 
a splendid ministry through correspondence with the 
missionaries on the field. Without doubt her letters 
have often cheered the heart of the missionary when the 
mail was light and the postman brought few other 

Have you ever tried giving a good gospel tract to the 
ashman, or to the boy who brings your groceries? Have 
you ever tried to "sell" the Fuller Brush man on the 
advantages of being a Christian, or of worshiping regu- 
larly in a good fundamental church — like the one you 
attend? Then there is the lad who throws your paper 
on the porch (or under it) each day. At the end of the 
month he will be coming around to see you. You might 
at least invite him to your Sunday school. 

Not least in the possibilities of real service in the home 
is the ministry of prayer. I am thinking now of a lady 
who, because of ill health, was virtually a shut-in. But 
she had a free and open channel to the throne of God 

No room for a message from the Editor this month. 
Hurrah! Know why? Look under the NEWSNATCHES 
colunm. A regular deluge of messages from Councils 
all over the country. Your Editor is dee-lighted. Keep 
them coming. 

Just a word about our national goals. Are you re- 
membering to put offerings in the little red Thank Offer- 
ing boxes? That money goes for Leper and Jewish 
work. Remember? 

Is your Council doing anything for child evangelism? 
Perhaps you have teachers from among your group. Or 
helpers in making the background flannelgraphs. Or 
gifts of money to help in some local child evangelism 
classes. Let's not fail the children. Just because so 
many of their parents refuse the Gospel is no reason for 
us to neglect the children. 

Are you doing anything about distributing tracts? 
How about some reports on YOUR Council's method of 
getting these out? 

The Editor hears from various sources that you like 
the W. M. C. Herald. She shares the "roses" with a 
good many ladies from Ghent Church, Roanoke, who 
help her in so many ways. Someone helps with the 
ironing. Another with the mending. Another is baby 
sitter on occasion so that Mother can step out. Someone 
else assists in the typing of reports, poems, and letters. 
Take a bow, helpers — and the Lord bless you for your 

Did I say no editorial? Goodby for now. 

"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it" 
(I Thess. 5:24). 

and the work of the Lord was blessed through the hands 
of others because she prayed. "More things are wrought 
by prayer than this world dreams of." Did I hear 
you say, "Stop! I haven't time to do all those things"? 
Well, being a wife or mother in the home certainly does 
not shut the door to a life of fruitful service in the face 
of those who love the Lord and who desire to proclaim 
the good news of His love and grace. 


Presenting Your President, 

As we give our offerings to 
Grace Seminary these months of 
February, March, and April, it is 
a pleasure to present one who is 
a Brethren today because of her 
contact with that school. Mildred 
Bowman is new to W. M. C. as 
President, but she is not new in 
the work. For five years she served as the very capable 
Editor of the W. M. C. Herald and made Brethren 
women over the brotherhood "W. M. C. conscious" 
through the Herald's pages. 

Mrs. Bowman, a native of Akron, Ohio, was saved at 
the age of 13 in a local Baptist church. Through the 
effective teaching of a godly pastor she grew in the 
things of the Lord. During her sophomore year in high 
school Mildred yielded her life to the Lord for full-time 
service wherever He should lead. Upon graduation 
from high school she pursued a correspondence course 
from Moody Bible Institute and worked as a clerk. 

A few years later the Lord opened the way for Mrs. 
Bowman to attend Grace Seminary which was then lo- 
cated in Akron at the Ellet church. The spiritual atmos- 
phere and thorough study of the Word of God were a 
refreshing prelude to the leading of the Lord in her life's 
work. It was at Grace Seminary that Mrs. Bowman 
became convinced that the body of truth as held by the 
Brethren Church was true to Scripture. Following this 
conviction, she united with the Brethren Church. 

While a student at Grace Seminary, MOdred met Ed- 
ward Bowman, a Brethren young man from California. 
After graduating together in the class of 1940 they were 
married that fall. 

Mrs. Bowman has been a real helpmeet to her husband 
as they have labored through the years in pastorates at 
Buena Vista, Va., Seal Beach, Calif., and now in Gar- 
win, Iowa, where they started this past fall. 

By God's grace we look for real strides in the devel- 
opment of W. M. C. over the country under the able 
leadership of Mildred Bowman. May we ever hold up 
her hands with prayer and co-operation till we experi- 
ence the opening of the windows of heaven upon the 
Women's Missionary Council in blessing. 


Missionary Guessing Contest 

Which Brethren missionary was born in Alberta, Can- 
ada? When did he come into the Brethren Church? On 
which Brethren mission field is he serving the Lord? 

March 11, 1950 


Thoughts on Family Worship 


Since we last thought together of Family Worship, 
some six months ago, time has slipped into eternity past 
with incredible rapidity. We have seen the day of re- 
membrance of the Lord's birth come and go once more, 
and through all of our blessings and trials we have had 
the constant reminder that God is faithful in fulfilling 
His premises. 

Let us pause for a moment and look back just a little 
while. Do you recall the resolution you made to have 
fami'y worship and have it daily without missing even 
one day? Yet there was the day when everything went 
wrong and amidst all of the turmoil, we left undone the 
one and only thing which could have brought peace and 
blessing and helped us in the day of trouble. Of course, 
we had forgotten, family worship. We chose very fool- 
ishly to live under our circumstances, when all of the 
time we could and should have lived above them. For 
"they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their 
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they 
shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and 
not faint " How many days of utter defeat have we not 
experienced because we failed to seek God's face as a 
fami'y. We failed to ask divine guidance and we could 
not say with Paul, "I can do all things through Christ 
which strengtheneth me." 

But there are other things that happen besides our 
own fai'ures which cause us to neglect family worship. 
There have been days when strangers and friends 
seemed^ to be in and out of the home and there really 
seemed to be no opportune time for family worship. 
Such days come quite often in the parsonage. At times 
like that we must remind ourselves of Romans 8:28, "All 
things work together for good." Surely God has sent 
them to our home to join us in our family worship. 
There will be those in such attendance who know not 
the Lord and the Holy Spirit will speak to them through 
Word, song, and prayer. Those who love Christ will be 
strengthened and encouraged by the experiences of 
other families and homes, and they will never object to 
taking a little time for the most important thing of the 
entire fellowship in our home. 

Again we want to remind every Christian reader that 
though family worship is commanded by our Lord and 
we as families cannot possibly get along without it, we 
must in addition to this have our own private quiet time 
with the Lord. We must enter the closet alone, espe- 
cially in the morning. In these days of apostasy and 
lukewarmness, we need to observe this more than ever. 
We must "cast all our care upon him; for he careth for 
us." But that is not all. Our "adversary the devil, as 
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may 
devour." We are to "resist stedfast in the faith" and 
that is never accomplished apart from prayer and much 

The children likewise must be taught to have a cer- 
tain time each day when they read the Scriptures and 
pray for themselves, or should I say, by themselves. 
Later when they leave our home and attend a high 
school, college, or university, it will be natural for them 
to have their own devotions. Students in our seminary 
have testified that they did not learn that le.sson until 

they heard of it in seminary. How tragic that some 
mother and father failed in their great responsibility 
toward that child. 

Now to get back to family worship. Deuteronomy 
6;6, 7 says "And these words, which I command thee 
this day, shall be in thine heart [mothers' and fathers' 
hearts]: And thou shaft teach them diligently unto thy 
children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in 
thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and 
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." These 
verses indicate a morning, noon, and night remembrance 
of the Word of God in our homes. Surely a prayer of 
thanksgiving should precede every meal in our home, 
yes, the refreshments which are served after Sunday 
evening services as well. The food upon our table "if 
. . . received with thanksgiving ... is sanctified by the 
word of God and prayer" (I Tim. 4:4, 5). Even the 
baby will learn quickly to bow his head and fold his 
hands for prayer before each meal. But this is just the 
beginning and by no means all that our children should 
learn of family worship. 

I have been asked, "Is it advisable to teach children a 
form prayer?" Until the child is able to think for him- 
self the little prayers known to all of us are quite ac- 
ceptable. But at family worship time they should be 
urged as early as possible to express themselves as the 
Spirit shall direct in their own words. Often children 
are more faithful in remembering the sick, the needy, 
and all who stand in need of prayer than adults. And 
ordinarily they manifest more faith, and we can learn 
some powerful lessons from just hearing our children 
pray. Their prayers are genuine. 

Happy that family where at family worship time Bible 
verses which are precious to children are discussed 
until they become a vital part of the children. Then it 
will also be most profitable to take time at least once a 
week to discuss the various problems our children may 
have. For instance that little spat on the school ground, 
or that derogatory remark made by that ungodly school 
teacher. Our children must be taught to answer those 
who ridicule our Lord and His Word with the Sword of 
the Spirit. They must "be ready always to give an 
answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the 
hope that is in you." 

I would be happy indeed to hear from any of you 
who have had blessings from family worship and also 
from you who need help in the same. 


Dear Penny, 

We're all so glad you liked going to the W. M. C. meet- 
ing you wrote about in a recent Herald. You are a very 
nice Penny to say such fine things about W. M. C. Keep 
reminding all your brother and sister pennies that when 
they all get together they add up to a lot of help for 
missionaries. Maybe another time you could get a whole 
"gang" of pennies to go with you to a W. M. C. meeting 
arranged just for you. 

With love, 

W. M. C. Editor. 


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Jake Kliever 

The boy was forever in hot water. More than once 
his mother sighed as she wondered if Jake would 
amount to anything. That glint of mischief in his eye! 
He didn't mean to get into trouble 
but somehow he was always in 
the middle of it. 

Jake's mother wasn't the only 
one who became discouraged. 
Jake often asked himself why, 
when he tried to be helpful, he 
was misunderstood. Take the 
time his mother was sick. Jake 
was 10 years old. He was living 
on a farm in Sunnyslope, Alberta, 
Canada, where he was born. All 
the family water had to be 
pumped and heated the slow way on top of the wood 
range. Jake dumped all the hot water which was on the 
stove into the dishpan at once. He should have saved 
some back to use as the water in the dishpan cooled off. 
He added the soap and then had a conversation with 
himself. What to wash first while the water is nice and 
hot? Well, why not take the dirtiest utensil so he'd be 
sure it would pass inspection when his mother discov- 
ered his good deed. For, mind you, this was a good 
deed. No one had told him he had to do the dishes. He 
just wanted to be helpful. Looking over the work at 
hand, Jake selected the very greasy, very smoky skillet 
to go into the hot water first. 

Just about this time Mrs. Kliever appeared in the 
kitchen. She had decided she felt well enough to clean 
up the dishes. With a proud grin Jake turned to his 
mother and said, "Mother, I'm doing them for you. Go 
back to bed and rest." As he spoke he could not un- 
derstand why his mother's face had a surprised and hor- 
rified expression. And before he knew it, young Jake 
had his ears soundly boxed. He certainly knew better 
than to put a dirty, greasy skillet in the dishpan first! 
Jake almost decided it didn't pay to try and help others, 
but after he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Sav- 
iour he knew he wanted to serve the Lord and others. 

Somewhere in the years between 10 and 18, Jake and 
his family moved from Canada to Oregon in the United 
States. At the age of 18, after having been shown the 
way of salvation by his mother and other Christians, 
Jake gave his heart to the Lord. What a change took 
place in this young man's life! 

By this time the lad who had seemed to thrive on mis- 
chief and fun had achieved some height. He was a tall, 
thin, blond, gangling youth with many dreams as to how 
he'd make his way in this world. Those fascinating mail 
planes which flew overhead held great hopes for Jake. 


Bible Study — "The Israelites on the March" 
Mission Study — "Lepers" 

He'd just love to fly one of those. Or, since he wanted 
to get rich, maybe he'd better be a prominent business 
man and really run things the way he'd like to see them 

Before any of these dreams could be realized, the voice 
of the Lord started speaking to his heart: "Jake, I want 
you to serve me. Will you put Me first, Jake?" How he 
struggled against the call of the Lord! How could he 
ever get rich and give some of his riches to the work of 
God on earth if he became a missionary? How could he 
ever be happy if he wasn't in the kind of work he wanted 
to do? Perhaps the Lord did not understand that Jake 
would serve Him faithfully as a layman. Surely God 
could use the money he would put into Christian work. 
On and on he argued with the Lord and tried to quiet ' 
the still small voice which insistently spoke to his heart. 

Peace and joy came to the heart of this long-legged 
young man when he finally said, "Yes, Lord, I'll serve 
You anywhere You lead" Then Jake went to the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles to study God's Word in prepa- 
ration for service in the Lord's vineyard. In 1930 this 
missionary-to-be united with the Brethren Church in 
southern California. Shortly afterward he had the priv- 
ilege of hearing Dr. Gribble speak and knew then and 
there that it was Africa for him. 

As many another young man, Jake discovered himself 
one day casting some interested glances toward a very 
attractive young lady. And she returned the looks. In 
the course of time Jake and Freda knew they loved each 
other but they each wanted God's will and choice for 
them. Jake prayed he'd be willing to give Freda up if 
she did not feel that Africa was the place she was to 
serve the Lord. He says the heaviest drain on his cour- 
age was when he proposed to the girl of his heart. Sup- 
pose, suppose? He declared his love along with his in- 
tentions to go to Africa and, oh joy! Freda wanted to go 
to Africa, too. She'd been afraid he would not be inter- 
ested in the place where God had called her. Jake was 
overjoyed as he again realized God's care for His own 
in every detail of life. 

After further training in seminary, Jake, Freda, and 
little Anne, who was born in Ashland, Ohio, went to 
French Equatorial Africa in 1939. Jake serves as a 
missionary preacher on the home station, and at the 
out-chapels where native pastors serve. Many duties of 
administration have fallen on his capable shoulders and 
wherever he works things GO. 

Village visitation, especially where the Good News is 
really new is one of the most thrilling and satisfying 
part of this fine missionary's work. And when he led 
to Christ that chief's dying mother his cup of joy was 
full. Jake is sure that being in God's will and seeing 
His power work in changing the lives of raw heathen to 
saints of the Lord is worth every sacrifice involved in 
being a missionary to dark Africa. 

Jacob Kliever challenges Brethren young people today 
to do and dare for God. "Dare to find God's will for 
your life," Mr. Kliever says, "then make that your BIG 
business." Will YOU accept the challenge? 

March 11, 1950 



Praise the Lord. Another new Women's Missionary 
Council! Where? Read on. "I am sending you a 
money order for $20.50 for the W.M.C. of the First 
Brethren Church of Altoona. This is for the Foreign 
Missionary offering. We joined the National Council 
in November. All are taking a real interest in the work. 
We like the programs also. In His service, Mrs. C. W. 
Miller, Treas., Altoona, Pa." We pray God's blessing 
upon this Council. 

The Martinsburg, Pa., Junior W. M. C. reports 14 
members with several interested prospects. In co-oper- 
ation with the Senior W.M.C. they are having an at- 
tendance contest in which the losers must treat the 
winners to a dinner. Boxes of clothing have been sent 
to the Navahos and Clayhole. Plans are being made for 
tract distribution. At a recent meeting they decided 
that in addition to the Bible reading they would learn 
a new Scripture verse for each meeting. "Brethren, 
pray for us." 

Garwin, Iowa. 

This is a report on the Carlton Missionary Council of 
Garwin, Iowa. We have an enrollment of 33 members 
and we have from 15 to 20 at our meetings. From No- 
vember through March we have all-day meetings with 
basket dinners at noon. 

We collected used clothing for the children in Ken- 
tucky and New Mexico. We gave a tea for the Sister- 
hood girls last May. 

When our new pastor. Rev. and Mrs. Edward Bowman, 
came we had a reception at the church for them. 

We gave twenty dollars towards a duplicating machine 
for the new church at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Mrs. Raymond Cooper, Sec. 

Long Beach, Calif. 
Dear Mrs. Miller, 

Time has gone by and we realize it has been some 
time since we have written anything for the W.M.C. 

Last Sunday our pastor. Rev. Peek, said 1949 has 
been such a wonderful year and we can say the same 
for our W.M.C. 

First we want to say how we enjoy the lessons pre- 
pared by the National W.M.C. Our meetings are so 
much more interesting because the topics haven't been 
read by anyone. 

Each Tuesday we have cottage prayer meetings in 
five different neighborhoods and then on the 15th of 
each month we all meet together at the church. The 
answers to prayer and the blessing have been wonder- 
ful. How we praise Him. 

We have a fine group of women meeting once each 
month at an evening meeting and then we have work 
days when we sew, mend, and pack clothing to be sent 
to Taos, Navaho work, and Baja California. 

At our November meeting we all brought toys for 
Jack Green to take to Baja at Christmas along with used 
clothing and several new comforts. Also we have a 
lady in our W.M.C. who is making home-made soap 
and we took 40 bars to the needy. 

Instead of Secret Sisters each month we bring a gift 
for our "Kliever Hope Chest." It will be presented to 
them when they come home on furlough this summer. 

By the way, we are hoping and praying to meet many 





A]rica, — 

April 15 Mrs. Robert S. Williams 

April 21 David G. Goodman (age 3) 

April 2 Rev. Solon Hoyt 

Brazil — 

April 9 J. Keith Altig 

United States — 

April 3 Jack Green 

April 11 Miss Marguerite Taber 

(Daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Taber) 

April 26 Robert Luis Dowdy (age 2) 

(With his parents on furlough) 

of you at National Conference this summer here in Long 

May we close by saying we are busy but happy in the 

In His precious name, 

(Mrs.) Marceille Campbell, Secretary. 

Greetings from Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Our women are steadily pressing forward in our pro- 
gram for W.M.C, under the capable leadership of Mrs. 
Austin Peitzman. It was our privilege to entertain our 
district rally in October, which was well attended, dele- 
gates from each church in the district represented. 
When we consider the distance between churches in our 
district, we know it required an effort on the part of all 
to attend. Mrs. Roberta Kliewer and Celina Mares 
were our speakers. Their messages were a great chal- 
lenge to all who heard them. 

Our district project was to purchase a mimeograph for 
the new Cedar Rapids church. The District S.M.M. co- 
operated in this project, and it is already completed. 
Local things accomplished for outside interests have 
been clothing for Clayhole and Taos, also blankets for 
Miss Dunbar. We co-operated with the Junior S.M.M. 
helping them to make dolls for Clayhole. Pray for us 
that we might be faithful in His service. 
Mrs. Gladys Randall, Corresponding Sec. 

The Jr. W.M.C. of the Limestone Brethren Church 
met and organized at the church at the close of our 
Mother-Daughter meeting on June 2, 1949, under the 
direction of Mrs. Earle Peer, Mrs. S. H. Henry, and Mrs. 
Ralph Armentrout. 

A president, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer 
were elected. The fourth Tuesday evening of each 
month was set as the date for our regular meeting in 
the homes of our members. 

Our first meeting was on June 28, 1949, with 17 girls 
present. Since we do not have an S.M.M. in our church 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

we have single and young married girls in our W.M.C. 
We have 30 on roll. 

Our second meeting was an all -day meeting at the 
home of Mrs. Ralph Armentrout. Because of sickness 
in our pastor's family at that time we took our sewing 
machines and made dresses for Dorcas and Mary Ruth 
Peer. After a very delicious covered-dish dinner we 
had our devotional meeting with 22 present. 

In September we met at the home of a Latvian family 
(who just recently moved into our community) for a 
brief time of devotions and a miscellaneous shower for 
the family. We were greeted with a very friendly wel- 
come and our president, Mrs. Henry, introduced us as a 
group of young women from the Brethren church. We 
sang choruses and a hymn, read Scripture, and had 
prayer. Mrs. Armentrout gave a fiannelgraph lesson on 
God's care of Moses from babyhood. 

Our W.M.C. is taking turns with the Sr. W.M.C. in 
sending birthday greetings to our missionaries. In No- 
vember we sent $8.00 to the General Fund offering. . 

In December our W.M.C. joined in to help the Sr. 
W.M.C. with the family altar program. Miss Mary Pence 
was chairman of the committee of the Sr. W.M.C. Mrs. 
Henry gave devotions, using a famUy of 12 to show that 
no matter how large the family, one can still have a 
family altar in the home. Mrs. D. E. McCracken gave a 
talk on "How, why, and who train up a child in the^ 
way he should go." Mrs. Armentrout gave a flannel- 
graph lesson on setting a table with the spiritual food 
for the soul. We concluded our program with a duet, 
"Home, Sweet Home," by Mrs. Charlotte Kinnich and 
Miss Wilma Brabson. 

Our devotionaJ meeting for December was well at- 
tended with 21 girls present. We had an exchange of 
Christmas gifts. 

We are proud of our W.M.C. and feel that the Lord is 
blessing and we covet your prayers that we may do 
greater things for the Lord in the coming year and that 
all that is done wUl be for the glory of God. 

Evelyn Guinn, Secretary-Treasurer. 

Grace Seminary offering again this month. 
Have YOU done your best? 

Sterling, Ohio. 
Dear People. 

May we come in and tell some of our activities? Thank 
you, I thought we could. 

We have 24 members and the first Thursday in each 
month is our regular meeting date. 

We send used clothing to Taos, N. Mex., Glendale, 
Ariz., for the Navaho Indians, and mostly to Clayhole, 
Ky. We also count sales tax stamps two or three times 
a year. 

We observe the 15th day of prayer, sometimes we just 
make a day of it by having a stamp counting or a "sew- 
ing bee" to mend used clothing to send out. 

Our president is stressing a membership drive at this 

The last sewing bee was November 15th and we had 
a covered -dish dinner. The work was finished in very 
good time, and so many clothes! Five boxes were mailed 
out to Clayhole, Ky., and we received a card on their 
arrival and thanking us for them. 

Oh, yes! I mustn't forget that dinner. It was such a 
good dinner. After going to the Throne of Grace for 
God's blessing and presenting our thanksgiving. We 
certainly couldn't be accused of the same sin the Israel- 

ites committed when given theu- inheritance. No, sir! 
Rather we may have been guUty of "possessing" too 
much of our "possessions." But we really had a won- 
derful time of fellowship in a three-fold way. Our 
Christmas party and gift exchange was held in our 
pastor's home, with 14 members, three guests present 
and everyone enjoyed it all very much. Some of our 
members were ill and could not be present. Mrs. Ging- 
rich had decorated house and table in keeping with the 
season and it was lovely. Refreshments were jello with 
whipped cream, cookies, nuts, and coffee. 

Mrs. Ruth Norton gave the Christmas story with fian- 
nelgraph illustrations. It seemed more real with the 

Each member is really spiritually minded and follows 
the guidance of our Lord, and loves to read His Word 
and fellowship daily with Him. 

Our local project is furnishing our church nursery. 

I hope this isn't so long that we wUl not be welcome 
again. Serving Him, we are. 

Women's Missionary Council, Sterling, Ohio, 

Mrs. John Renner, Cor. Sec'y. 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 
Dear Editor of W.M.C: 

We want to report our W.M.C. of the Leamersville 
Brethren Church is outgrowing the homes, so a. Junior 
W.M.C. has been organized. We held our first meeting 
January 19, 1950, with seven ladies present. Our home 
project is to help furnish the nursery for our church. 

We pray that everything we do may bring honor and 
glory to His name. 

Mrs. Melvin Bowser, Sec'y. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa announces the organization of its 
W.M.C. on December 27, 1949. Pray for them in this 
completely new Brethren testimony in that city. Brother 
and Sister Kriegbaum are doing a great and hard work. 
They wUl appreciate the prayers of the ladies of W.M.C. 

Word from our National President tells us that there 
are two Brethren families in Denver, Colo., and the two 
women meet regularly to carry on a sewing project for 
W.M.C. They also support the national W.M.C. major 
offerings. They are looking forward to the establish- 
ment of a Brethren church in Denver. What a splendid 
W.M.C. spirit! May they experience the blessing of the 
Lord they love and serve as they possess their "patience 
of hope." 

A prayer request from Dorothy Dunbar comes to our 
attention. "Pray much that the spot chosen for the 
digging of the well may yield good water without drill- 
ing too deep and for guidance in choosing the best equip- 
ment." Did you know that as the well is being drilled 
that Miss Dunbar has to feed the workers? Perhaps 
some W.M.C. ladies would like to send a small gift of 
money to help buy the food. 

Keep the council news coming! This is a fine begin- 
ning. Don't you enjoy reading them? 

March 11, 1950 


At Jesus' Feet 

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou 
shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to 
do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make 
thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. — 
Joshua 1 :8. 


(Birthday Mcnth) 

HYMNS OF PRAISE— "Sweeter as the Years Go By," 
"Take Time To Be Holy," "The Glory of His Pres- 
ence," and "At the Feet of Jesus." 

OPENING PRAYER— Draw near and thank our Sav- 
iour for another year in Sisterhood, as we remember 
April as birthday month. 

DEVOTIONAL TOPIC— Use one suited to your group. 

Uiing Requests. 




*Have a business meeting aftar every devotional meet- 
ing. Have reports from e^ch oficer rnd covnnittee. 
This is one way to keep them working. Go over the 
goals and see if you are meeting them all. Don't expect 
the officers to do all the work of your Sisterhood, but 
each girl do her share. 

ANNOUNCEMENT— We are glad to announce that 
S.M.M. pins are available once again and that the price 
has not gone up. You may get yours from Harriet Stef- 
fler, 3541 N. Ella St., Philadelphia, Pa., at the low price 
of G5c per pin. 


Thank God for the new Sisterhoods that are being 
born every month, and pray that before long we 
mi^;ht have a Sisterhood in every Brethien church. 

Pray for your national S MM. officers as they face 
the task of preparing next year's work. 

Pray that we might find God's will in the choosing 
of a project for ne.xt year. 

Remember the requests of the girls of your local 


The Hill Daughters 

Sylvia Fern, who is now 6 years old, September 1, was 
born in Long Beach, Calif. Her doctor was Dr. Kenneth 
Altig and she was named for Mrs. Fern Sandy. Sylvia 
went to Indiana when she was about a year old. Then 
when she was 2 years old, a baby sister came to live 
and play with her. The baby sister was named Roberta 
Ruth and was born at Warsaw, Ind., June 29. Roberta 
is 4 years old now and is our little "blondie" while Sylvia 
is the redhead; both have blue eyes. Sylvia and Roberta 
had a long boat ride to France with their mother. Their 
d"ddy had gone to France two months before. Then 
after six months in France the family took an airplane 
for .Africa. 

The girls quickly adapted themselves to the natives 
End have learned the trade language quite well. They 
try to imitate everything the natives do — the way they 
sing, pray, dress, make their food, the way they carry 
their children, the way they talk and call to each other 
and laugh. They carry things on their heads like the 
native woman does and pretend to bring things to sell to 
Mama. They have a great time and seem to enjoy play- 
ing this way instead of the American way. Of course, 
they don't remember much about America. 

On December 8, 1947, another little sister came to 
play with Sylvia and Roberta. She was named Eliza- 
beth Anne and has reddish blonde hair and blue eyes. 
Even though she was born in Africa, she is the most 
healthy looking child one could ever see; she's chubby, 
with a very rosy complexion and big bright blue eyes. 

Sylvia, Roberta, and Mama and Daddy wanted a baby 
brother very badly, but on June 8, 1949, another little 
girl made her appearance. She was named Nancy Grace 
and is another "blondie," with blue eyes. They love her 
and are not sorry she was not a boy. 

Big Sister Sylvia has gone away to school at Bellevue 
station now. It seems like there is a big gap in the fam- 
ily now, but Sylvia is happy there. In about two and 
a half months when field conference meets at Bassai 
station, we will meet Sylvia there and bring her home 
for vacation. 

The Hills are to come home on furlough next summer. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

At TPSIIS' PpPt ^^^ Place of Teaching and Misdom 



Born-again Christians are often so thrilled at the 
-wonder of salvation as the result of Christ's death that 
they sometimes forget the wonderful lessons there are 
to learn from His life and ministry on the earth. To be 
sure, He came to die; and life eternal comes only 
through His shed blood. But when we sit at His feet, 
studying, we learn much of great value to us from 
His life. 


Jesus was the great Teacher. The modernist makes 
much of Jesus the teacher, but leaves out Christ, the 
Saviour. The cultist often magnifies Jesus the physician, 
but fails to see the sinner's reconciliation in the Lamb 
slain on the cross. If Christ is our personal Saviour, 
then Christ the Teacher has precious learning for us. 

Did you ever have a teacher so interesting and so 
helpful that he caused you to forget your lunch and 
everything else that you had counted important? I have 
never heard of such a teacher in my lifetime. But did 
you realize that Christ was such a teacher? He taught 
so well that fishermen forgot their nets and boats and 
fish. A tax agent left his office to follow Him. Jesus' 
teaching one day on the mountninside caused a little 
boy to forget to eat his lunch. Out in the desert country, 
where water was at a premium, a woman forgot her 
waterpot at the well in her rush to tell others His teach- 
ing. Multitudes hung on His words. Nicodemus, ruler 
of Jews, said, "Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher 
come from God" (John .3:2). 

Let us study the classrooms, the technique, and pupils 
as well as the very words of the great Teacher. 


Communities vie with each other today to get the most 
modern bui'dings possible in which to teach children. 
But the Master Teacher had no such man-made sur- 
roundings. He taught in the synagogue. He brought 
object lessons in the temple. He stood on the sands of 
the shcreUne, while the sea breezes whipped His gar- 
ments as He taught the crowds. He spoke to the people 
in villages and in cities. He went to the cool mountain 
fastnesses where multitudes followed to hear Him teach. 
He faced the heat of the desert to teach a woman about 
the Living Water. The pool of Bethesda. the grainfield, 
the dining table were among His classrcoms. In the 
upper room, out under the olive trees, in Pilate's court, 
and on the ci'oss. His teaching continued. Before He 
ascended to the Father, His teachings steadied the dis- 
sciples end He is ever teaching us through His Word 
when we permit. He taught wherever opportunity arose. 


All teachers have certain standard methods, but for- 
tunate indeed is the teacher who has original ability in 
getting a lesson across to the mind of a pupil. The Great 
Teacher had the most marvelous technique ever known. 
He used all of* God's out-of-doors for object lessons 
which people never forgot. He used the wind, the sea. 
water, trees to illustrate His lessons. Field lilies, 
ripened grpin, and fruitbearing were applied to His 
teaching. Rain and storm played their parts. Birds of 

the air, and fish of the sea, as illustrations, drove home 
points of learning. Man-made bread and candies too 
bore their part. Many, many things were used to illus- 
trate the lesson He had to teach. Added to this was His 
complete knowledge and use of the Scriptures. Matt. 
1:26, 29: "And it came to pass, when Jesus nad ended 
these sayings, the people were astonished at nis doctrine: 
for he taugnt them as one having authority, and jiot as 
the scribes." 


According to modern teaching standards, there must be 
a definite schedule. Certain classes are set for hours bj' 
the clock. We resent any interference with our set scned- 
ule. The bell rings and we begin and end by the bell. 
But this was not true with Jesus. In studying the Gos- 
pels, we find that He taught very early in the morning. 
We find Him teaching at mealtime, for the people them- 
selves were far away from their homes at mea.time 
while listening to Him. 

"When even was come, they brought unto him many 
. . ." is a phrase we often read. So His day was not done 
at evening. We have evidence also that He did not stop 
then, for this phrase appears: "He came to him by 
night." Could it be that the Holy Spirit purpossly put 
"evening" and "night" for the benefit of us who are 
living in 1950? Dear S.M.M. girls, I wonder if you real- 
ize that we must be living in the "night time" of the 
Dispensation of Grace! According to those who love 
and study God's prophetic Word, the "evening when 
many came" is over with and we are now in the ".night" 
when they come "one by one," for our Lord's coming is 
surely near. We are told that the feeling of insecurity 
these days is the basis of much mental illness. How 
wonderful for the Christian to know a Teacher and Sav- 
iour who not only teaches but gives absolute security in 
a chaotic world! 


Teachers in the educational field must prepare for the 
grade level they wish to teach. Generally s-oeaking. 
children of the same ages are taught together. We :aow 
have adult education which includes a wide range of 
ages. But Jesus taught all ages and held their complete 
interest. He jjicked up the babes and small chi'dren and 
blessed them. He taught the poor. The rich learned at 
His feet. Women sought His counsel and men followed 
His wisdom. He taught the young, the old, the middle- 
aged, the handicapped, poor, blind, and sick. None are 
barred from His learning. 


"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of 
God" (John 3:34). The words of God are the wisdcm of 
God. We cannot teach unless we have His wisdom and 

Too many times girls make remarks similar to this: 
"Just the minute I am old enough, I intend to quit 
school," or this: "I'm going to school until I can marry." 
Sometimes the statement is like this: "I hate school and 
I get out of everything I can." What tragedies the .'ives 
of such girls usually become! True, this world system 

March 11,1950 


of education is in the lap of the wicked one, but manned 
by the Word and God's wisdom, every Christian girl can 
reach a worth while goal. Proverbs are sayings of wis- 
dom. Read Proverbs 3;l-7. It is addressed to "my son," 
but substitute "my daughter" in its place. 

In adolescence, we often talk too loudly, or are 
tongue-tied. We may laugh too loudly, or giggle too 
much, which is a matter of worry when we are alone to 
review our conduct. Did you know there is a verse that 
promises you enrichment for speaking and doing and 
learning? I Cor. 1:5, "That in every thing ye are en- 
riched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge." 
To "walk worthy, to be pleasing, and fruitful in work," 
we must increase in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10). 


Do you know that He asks us to be teachers? Col. 
3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in 
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with 
grace in your hearts to the Lord." Note the word 
"richly" in the first part of this verse! If we were not 
"learners at His feet" we certainly would have "scant 
dwelling of the Word" in our hearts. 

However, the definite command to teach is in Mat- 
thew 28:19, 20. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." 

"Go" and "baptize" appear once, whereas the word 
"teach" appears twice in the Great Commission. This is 
a challenge to all S.M.M. girls to go to the uttermost 
parts of the earth to teach others of Christ, our Saviour, 
that He might become their Saviour too. And note 
further, that the Master Teacher goes with you. You 
need not teach alone, for He said, "and. lo, I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the world." 




Where is the girl who hasn't wished she could sit in 
the teacher's seat? Perhaps some of you Sisterhood girls 
have already decided you will become a teacher when 
you have finished school. And that time seems so far 
away. Well, don't be glum. I've good news for you. 
You are a teacher now. No, I'm not dreaming. 

Open your Bible to Colossians 3:16. Let's read it 
together. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in 
all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in 
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with 
grace in your hearts to the Lord." This is the first you 
ever knew that by singing you can teach? That's won- 
derful news. And such a pleasant way to teach! 

Does that mean you have to be a soloist to be used in 
singing? Of course not. This verse tells us that when 
the word of Christ dwells in our hearts our changed 

lives will glow with cheerfulness and song. Our happy, 
glowing disposition will be a teacher. By action rather 
than word we'll be witnessing to those around us our 
love for Jesus Christ. The girl who was once grumpy 
and hard to live with will show in her changed life and 
attitude what Christ has done for her. This is the kind 
of teaching you can do NOW. How about it, girls? Are 
you obeying God's Word? 

Matthew tells us in the 28th chapter of his Gospel and 
the last two verses (19 and 20): "Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world." 

This is the teaching you can do in the future when you 
have finished your days of preparation. Go, and teach. 
The world is lost without Jesus Christ. Who will go and 
teach? Will you? What a wonderful future is in store 
for you who will answer the call of "Who will go?" by 
saying, "Here am I, Lord, send me." 

In the meantime, as you go a-singing today, thus 
teaching His grace and love, looking foi-ward to the time 
when you'll be "teaching all nations," be a teachable 
girl now. You can't teach what you don't know. So 
don't lose any opportunity to learn all you can about 
God's Word. The girl who thinks she knows it all never 
counts for niich in the Lord's service. Let the Holy 
Spirit and your faithful, godly parents and teachers lead 
you into the rich truths of the Bible. Be teachable, and 
some day you will be teaching. 

Special note to all Junior S.M.M. Patronesses: 
The devotional study for the month of May is "Inter- 
cession." I'd like to suggest an excellent flannelgraph 
which could be used to great advantage with the pres- 
entation of this lesson. If you can get the November, 
1945, Child Evangelism magazine from someone who 
subscribes to this publication, look up Lesson 2, "Learn- 
ing to Pray — The Bible Way." There is also a story in 
this issue which tells how God used a little bird to an- 
swer the prayer of a group of children who were lost in 
the woods. 

If you have no way of getting this back number of the 
Child Evangelism Magazine, write to the headquarters. 
International Child Evangelism Fellowship, P. O. Box 
740, Santa Monica, Calif. Ask for the study which comes 
in book form, "Learning to Pray the Bible Way." This 
is one of the stories in that book. The cost is only 60c. 
Get this material and work on it now, so you'll be all set 
when the May meeting comes around. 


The last letter of each answer will be the fii-st letter of 
the answer in the next question. You will find the 
answers as you read Luke 16, 17, and 18. Remember to 
learn a verse from each chapter. 

1. To whom the Lord Jesus is speaking in 16:1. 

2. No servant can two masters. 

3. The physical condition of the rich man. 

4. One of the cities through which Jesus passed on His 
way to Jerusalem. 

5. What Noe entered into. 

6. It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye 
than for a rich man to enter the . 

7. The blind man recognized Jesus as the Son of . 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

March II. 1950 

))LUME 12, NUMBER 11 


MARCH 18, 1950 

Young People from Osceola, Indiana, in Christian Training. See Pages 178 and 179. 

As the Editor Sees It 



We wish to sincerely thank those who remembered us 
in prayer and sent cards during our recent hospitaliza- 
tion. From all over the nation we have received good 
wishes and promises from prayer warriors. We have 
been cheered and thrilled to know that our friends have 
so remembered us. 

Indeed the Lord has answered prayer, and by the time 
our readers receive this magazine we should be fully 
back in the "harness" again. The Great Physician has 
healed again and thus placed an added burden of thanks- 
giving and service upon us for the future. 

Judging from our own experience it would be splendid 
if some information point could be designated to inform 
our Brethren from coast to coast of the illness of others 
and give them an opportunity to pray for them and send 
a greeting if so disposed. 


What a thrill to see these Home Mission dividends in 
the form of young men and women who are in training 
for Christian service, to become missionaries and preach- 
ers of the Gospel. 

Our Osceola Home Mission church has helped to pro- 
vide this dedicated young blood for the ministry of the 
Word of God through the Brethren Church. Pastor 
Ward Miller is rightfully proud of this splendid result 
•of his ministry. 

The young people are as follows, left to right: Mr. 
Donald Long, Mrs. Margery Long, Miss Phyllis Schu- 
macher, Mr. John Dale Brock, Miss Evelyn Schumacher, 
Mr. Robert Bock, Mr. Donald Whitt. Two others, Mr. 
and Mrs. Carl Nihart, were not present at the time the 
picture was taken. 

We remind you that your gijts and prayers in hehalj 
of Brethren Home Missions have produced these Tnir- 
acles of grace! 


Recently in a foreign discussion on the relative values 
of Christianity and its practical meaning, former Marx- 
ist Ernst Wolff said, "Christianity doesn't offer a pat, 
easily learned formula the way Communism does. It 
adds another dimension to your life." 

Accurately spoken, sir! How much Ernst Wolff knows 
about experiential salvation we are not sure, but he is 
correct when he says that becoming a Christian does 
add a new dimension to our lives. Men speak in terms 
of new dimensions in every realm. Why not in Chris- 

Sinful man, lost under the guilt of sin, is the old di- 
mension. The new dimension comes through the gift of 
a new nature, holy and righteous, when the individual 
accepts Christ as his Saviour. Peter tells us that we are 

partakers of the divine nature (I Pet. 1:4). Before, we 
were by nature the children of wrath (Eph. 2:3). 

This new dimension should completely supersede the 
old, and should project a holy influence throughout the 
entire life. The world constantly sees a picture of one 
dimension or the other. It is our Christian responsibility 
to keep this new dimension in the foreground. To make 
this possible the proper functioning of the grace of God 
in our lives is all that is necessary (II Cor. 12:9). 


Under this title a very discerning and thoughtful edi- 
torial appeared in a recent issue of Life magazine. 

Some quotations from the editor's pen prove that he 
was thinking deeply. 

Speaking with reference to Christmas he said, 

"The characteristic American once believed in God 
and in the holy birth, the death, and the resurrection of 
Jesus Christ. . . . He knew — that there was a God, ever 
watchful and ever ready to punish and reward. . . . He 
knew — that with God was Christ, and that in Him was 
salvation for the soul. 

"But the characteristic American at this season of the 
year does not believe in God and in His Son. Not with 
the wholeness and the power of a few decades ago. God- 
liness is no longer the American norm." 

Reasoning further he says, 

"In this there is a paradox. Proportionately and in 
total, the churches of America have more members to- 
day than ever before (46 million Protestants, 26 million 
Roman Catholics, and five million other non-Protestants, 
according to the 1949 Yearbook of the Federal Council 
of Churches of Christ in America). For the first time in 
U. S. history, church members in this decade have come 
to constitute a majority of the U. S. population. Yet in 
publishing its figures the Council's general secretary. Dr. 
Samuel McCrea Cavert, was moved to note 'a disturb- 
ing discrepancy between the size of churches and their 
influence on American life.' 

"Why the discrepancy? . . . Many and many a church 
today is more social center than shrine: many and many 
a minister of God is more sociologist than preacher. . . . 
Church memberships grow, but church attendance lags. 
How many come to church in quest of something to be- 
lieve and, finding only a clinic, come not again? . , . It 
is as though millions looked into the void, crying to a St. 
Paul who does not come forth. Almost thou persuadest 
me to be a Christian. [Italics his.] 

"It will be said — it is said — that belief is impossible to 
modern man. . . . Modern man has it within his power to 
hear, and in hearing to accept, the words of Christ across 
20 centuries, 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' " 

With amazing clarity and discernment the editor of 

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By REV. WARD A. MILLER, Pastor, Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. 

Following hard on the heels of the joy received when 
young people are seen giving their hearts to the Lord 
Jesus Christ in salvation is that joy which comes to a 
pastor's heart upon seeing those same young people 
yield to the calling of the Lord and enter a Christian 
university for training. In our 
desire to see young people saved 
we had not asked the Lord to 
send them on into service for 
Him and yet the Lord was gra- 
cious and did that which was 
"above that which we asked or 
thought." Several years ago we 
would have considered the young 
people in the photograph on the 
cover of this magazine a good- 
sized youth group for our church. 
Little did we ever dream that 
some day as many as this would 
be training at one time. 

Evelyn Schumacher was the first member of our 
church to enter Bob Jones University. She has com- 
pleted her training and now plans to graduate this sum- 
mer. Just what the Lord has ahead for her she is not 
sure, but of one thing she is certain — no matter what 
branch of education she enters her first concern wUl be 
to witness for her Saviour. The next one to leave Bethel 
Church for B. J. U. was Phyllis Schumacher, a younger 
sister of Evelyn's. Phyllis feels called to be a teacher 
also and we hope that she finds her place in one of our 
Brethren schools, for she has already been used of the 
Lord, along with her sister, to lead a number of boys 
and girls to Christ in her extracurricular activities. 

This past year not only saw the greatest growth among 
our young people in number but also in spirituality. 
Under the direction of Mr. Rex Juday, their sponsor, 
and Jack Yerger, president, much emphasis was placed 

Pastor Miller 

upon prayer. Often, following an evening service when 
the power of the Spu'it of God was evident, a sponta- 
neous prayer meeting would be called and they would 
pour out their hearts to God until a late hour. But this 
had its effect upon their own lives. It was not long until 
Dale Brock came to my study and said he felt the Lord 
had called him into the ministry. Then, Carl Nihart and 
June Swinehart, who had planned to be married later in 
the year, came to me and said they would get married 
in August instead and not wait a whole year before en- 
tering the university. Next came Don and Margery 
Long. Would it be sound for them to receive training? 
They must go on faith; they had no GI bUl to help. They 
prayed much about it and finally peace came when they 
said, "Yes." Next came two fine young men. Bob Brock 
and Don Whitt. In Bob's case the school becaijie the 
place where he received full assurance of his salvation, 
and for Don it was the place to train for future musical 
work for the Lord, if He so led. 

There they are! A fine group of nine young people in 
a Home Mission point which has only had its church 
building for two years. At present there is one person 
in training for every 10 membei-s in the entire congre- 
gation. There is but one explanation. It is all the Lord's 
doing. How we pray that you wUl pray with us that this 
will be just the beginning of a great stream of lives to be 
given to the Lord's service both at home and abroad. 
Our desire is to see, even from among this present group 
in training, one or more called by the Lord Jesus into 
the regions beyond so that your gijts to Home Missions 
may literally bear fruit in foreign lands. We have set 
our Foreign Missions offering goal at $1,500.00 this year 
in the hope that we may support every missionary called 
out of Bethel Church. We believe there will be many 
for the glory of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and we must 
begin NOW to "lengthen our cords, and strengthen our 

Life has analyzed the American church of today. He 
has once more reminded us that Puritan America no 
longer exists. 

Never have we read a more urgent and pressing plea 
for home missions. Mr. Average American is moving 
away from a traditional belief in God and the Bible. 
The church in general has faUed in its primary ministry. 
How can men believe unless they hear? And how can 
they hear without a faithful preacher who believes that 
his first duty is to do what Paul commanded Timothy to 
do, "Preach the word"? 

Unwittingly perhaps, but nevertheless truly, Dr. Ca- 
vert, by his statement, has admitted the complete failure 
of the apostate program of the Federal Council of 
Churches. Men and women find nothing to believe in 
many of the churches of its membership. There are 
times when even infidels would rather have peace of 
soul than clothing for the body, or a place for physical 
recreation. This is the reason for the lag in church 
attendance in modernistic churches while Bible-believ- 
ing churches keep their doors open even on Sunday 

nights and faithful preachers expound the Word to large 

In spite of this, America is still the strongest citadel 
of orthodox Christianity. But, each day she is more in 
danger of losing that distinction. Unless the churches 
arouse themselves and get back to the Word of God and 
its preaching, she will lose that position! 

With this spiritual decadence comes a decreasing in- 
terest in foreign missions or world evangelization. Who 
will support the foreign missionaries if the church at 
home fails? 

Remember? "It is as though millions looked into the 
void, crying to a St. Paul who does not come forth." 

Let us see to it that he goes forth! 


1. Without Christ (Eph. 2:12). 

2. In Christ (II Cor. 5:17). 

3. For Christ (II Cor. 5:20). 

4. With Christ (PhU. 1:23). 

(Dr. H. A. Ironside) 

March 18, 1950 




"... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man com- 
eth unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). 

A few months ago I was talking with a minister who 
has been a minister of the Gospel of Christ for many 
years. He expressed quite a bit of leniency toward 
preachers who do not believe in the virgin birth of 
Christ. He asked whether Christ could not have come 
from the Throne of God and been the Son of God, even 
though he were born of the seed of Adam. To his 
question I replied as follows: 

Indeed, our Lord and Saviour could not have come 
from the Throne of God and been born of a human 
father and still claim to be the Son of God, or "to be 
equal with God" (Phil. 2:6), or to have all power given 
Him in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:18). 

If Jesus had been born of a human father. He would 
have been in need of a redeemer the same as anyone 
who was ever born of the seed of Adam or ever wUl be 
until the end of time. His death on the cross would 
have meant nothing. He would have been the same as 
the two thieves who were crucified with Him. All three 
— yes, the whole world — would have died without a re- 
deemer (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Isa. 7:14). 

Moreover, to say that Christ was not born of a virgin 
would mean that Matthew's story of the virgin birth is 
untrue. Do you recall that this story was verified by 
the angel t"> Joseph? If some say that Joseph was the 
father of Jesus, then both Joseph and Mary would have 
been false witnesses and guilty of adultery. 

To deny the virgin birth is a rank insult to God and 
to Christ, and accuses both Joseph and Mary of being 
villainous characters. It would make Christ the great- 
est imposter that ever came to the world. It would 
knock out the whole plan of salvation as portrayed in 
both the Old and New Testaments. 

It was necessary that God send us a Redeemer in His 
Son because Adam lost his sonship through disobedi- 
ence. Adam died spiritually as soon as he ate of the 
forbidden fruit. It meant everlasting separation from 
God for him and all his descendants with the ultimate 
death of their physical bodies. The seed of Adam was 
corrupt and produced after its kind, making it of the 
utmost importance for Christ to be born of a virgin. 
Life produces its kind. Adam's seed produced death. 
God's seed produced life everlasting. He who was born 
of the virgin Mary was the pure seed from God. 

We mentioned earlier that they who are born of 
Adam's seed are already dead spiritually. ". . . For in 
the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" 
(Gen. 2:17). Physical death comes to the body after it 
has run its span of life. ". . . For dust thou art, and unto 
dust shalt thou return" (Gen. 3:19). However, this life 
of Christ's — life everlasting, which sprang from God 
Himself — He never lost. Death, as we know it, did not 
come to Christ, for we read in Acts 2:24 that it was not 
possible for Christ to be holden of it (death). Down in 
the 31st verse it tells us that neither did His flesh see 
corruption. Why could Jesus not die nor His body see 
corruption? Because He was born of pure and incor- 
ruptible seed. David in talking to God says, ". . . Nei- 

ther wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption" 
(Psa. 16:10). For the same reasons Jesus' blood was 
also incorruptible. If these things were not true, His 
body would have begun to decay as soon as He gave up 
the ghost. Jesus did not die from complete weakness 
nor total loss of blood, for "Jesus, when he had cried 
again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost" (Matt. 

God gave us His only begotten Son; Jesus gave us His 
life. He gave it of His own free will. Jesus said con- 
cerning His life, "No man taketh it from me. ... I have 
power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" 
(John 10:18). Notice He said that no man could take 
His life. You recall that in speaking to His disciple who 
had drawn his sword and stretched forth his hand in 
Jesus' defense. He said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot 
now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me 
more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matt. 26:53). Is it 
any wonder that "when the centurion, which stood 
over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up 
the ghost, he said. Truly this man was the Son of God" 
(Mark 15:39). 

Without the virgin birth Christ's death on the cross 
could not have atoned for the sins of man. All human 
life, past, present, and future, would stUl be in sin. Had 
there been no virgin birth, no redemptive cross, no res- 
urrection, and no ascension to glory, His own could not 
be His. Neither could man ever have expected Christ 
to return to receive His own (John 14:3) nor could man 
ever have that glorious hope of reigning with Him, for 
their King, Jesus Christ, would also be under the power 
of Satan with them. Satan's victory would have been 

All who enter the kingdom of God must enter through 
the new birth by way of the cross (John 3:3-8, 14-18). 
Everything centers in the cross of Jesus Christ and His 
shed blood and is not centered in the Sei-mon on the 
Mount. The Sermon on the Mount would be meaning- 
less without the cross. The Great Commission given to 
the apostles in Matthew 28:18-20 includes the whole 
Gospel. This commission is based upon the virgin birth, 
the cross, the resurrection, the ascension, and His com- 
ing again. The glorification of Jesus Christ came 
through these same events. Thus He became a living 
reality. And thus He can become a real person in the 
hearts of Christians as expressed by the Apostle Paul 
in Ephesians 3:14-21. 

According to Matthew 7:13, 14, it is quite evident that 
the whole world will not accept salvation as some so 
blindly believe. However, we are told that whosoever 
will may come. No one is compelled. Therefore, as all 
Scripture is based upon Christ and Him crucified, let the 
church stick close to that message and kindred subjects 
which grow out of that message. Let the church work 
faithfully for the salvation of souls. ". . . The word of 
faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with 
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine 
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou 
shalt be saved" (Rom. 10:8, 9). We have the promise 
that His saints shall reign with Him forever and ever in 
a world without end. 


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As far as saving souls is concerned it is useless for the 
church to launch out in any other direction than that 
mentioned above. Some folk, many of them influential 
leaders of the Federal Council and World Council of 
Churches, optimistically place all their hopes on an eco- 
nomic philosophy to make the world a better place in 
which to live — a heaven on earth. Many of these key 
men are sincere; they are honestly doing as they see fit. 
Yet, when these same men deny these basic Scriptural 
truths — the virgin birth, the place of punishment, the 
shedding of Christ's blood as an atonement for the sins 
of man, His bodily resurrection, or His second coming — 
they are denying lost men all as far as salvation is con- 

Those who bank on a change of our free economy to 
some other form of economy, such as Socialism or Com- 
munism, are going to be much disappointed. They are 
going to awaken when "it is too late." However, these 
leaders by their enthusiasm influence a lot of people. 
They cause many to disbelieve the basic principles of 
Scriptural faith and keep others from ever knowing 
those facts! "For there shall arise false Christs, and 
false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; 
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the 
very elect" (Matt. 24:24). 

Those who are working toward a World Council of 
Churches are striving to gather every shade of Christian 
belief under one head. Those in governmental circles 
hope to attain an effective United Nations of the world. 
But with the greater majority of the world's population 
non-Christian would it seem likely that a world church 
leader would be a Christian? No! With the United 
States of America as a sole representative of a success- 
ful republic would it seem likely that a world leader 
would advocate free economy as we know it? It is not 
probable. Is it not more likely that a great world leader 
would cater to that overwhelming majority? Yes, it is 
most certain that is what he would do after he had won 
the hearts of many of the people. He will consolidate 
his world power and will have under his control the 
greatest military machine the world has ever known. 
When he betrays his trust and becomes "the man of sin, 
the son of perdition, and the blasphemer against God," 
spoken of in II Thessalonians 2:1-17 and again in Rev- 
elation 13:1-8, then what will become of that "heaven on 
earth," that new social order which they call the Father- 
hood of God and the Brotherhood of Man? 

Now is when these warnings of the times should be 
heeded. Scriptures are being enacted in our time before 

Quite a few requests have come to the Home 
Mission office this year asking that the names of 
donors with the amounts given should not be pub- 
lished in the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

The Council has not published such a list for 
several years and has no intention of doing so this 
year. By vote of the Board the practice has been 
laid aside. 

However, in compliance with the laws of the 
State of Indiana for non-profit corporations, and 
for the information of our corporation members at 
National Conference, a list of the membership must 
be printed. This list includes all those who have 
given five dollars or more, but no amounts are 
written into the report. 

our own eyes. Now they are saying with intense em- 
phasis, ". . . Peace, peace; when there is no peace" (Jer. 
6:14). Also Paul tells the Thessalonians in I Thessalo- 
nians 5:3, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; 
then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail 
upon a woman with chUd; and they shall not escape." 

However, there is a bit of the eternal kingdom that 
can dwell in the hearts of all who have been bom again. 
A tiny kingdom of peace can be hid in our hearts in this 
life. It can be the source of great joy for aU who have 
become pure as He is pure; for ". . . if any man be in 
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new" (II Cor. 5:17). If 
man wiU only believe, his sonship to God can be re- 
stored by accepting Jesus Christ (I John 3:1-3). That 
perfect love can be ours for we are told in I John 4:15- 
18 that "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dweU- 
eth in God, and God in him." In speaking of this love 
Paul teUs us in I Corinthians 12:31, "But covet earnestly 
the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent 

NEWS Of Home Mission NEEDS 

Write the Home Mission Office for Further Information 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. — 

1. Used clothing for making contacts. 

2. Hymnals and chorus books in English. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — 

1. Hot-water heater to heat water for the baptistry. 

Temple City, Calif. — 
1. Folding chairs. 

Clayhole, Ky. — 
1. A bus. 

Chico, Calif. — 

1. Communion set. 

2. Chairs. 

Johnson City, Tenn. — 

1. Mimeograph. 

2. Two pianos. 

3. Red velvet curtain for front of baptistry and across 
front of platform. 

Jewish Mission — 

1. FUe cabinet. 

2. Desk. 

Yakima, Wash. — 

1. Balance to purchase songbooks. 

2. Balance for communion equipment. 


Rev. and Mrs. Edward D. Miller and daughter, Carol 
Ann, arrived safely in Belem, Para, Brazil on Monday, 
March 6, according to a cablegram received by his par- 
ents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Miller, of Winona Lake. The 
voyage required 15 days from New York, with a two- 
day stopover in Baltimore, Md. 

Both Rev. and Mrs. Miller come from Brethren Home 
Mission churches, Edward from Cleveland, Ohio, and 
Eileen from Modesto, Calif. 

March 18, 1950 


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A rapidly growing western city, Denver, Colo., is a 
great challenge to Brethren Home Missions. New hous- 
ing projects are developing around the city, any one of 
which would offer tremendous opportunities for the 
establishing of a new church. 

To assist us in such a project there are Brethren fam- 
ilies in the area, and others who may be willing to move 

A weekly Bible class is now being carried on by our 
Home Mission pastor at Cheyenne, Wyo., Bro. Wayne 
Croker, who drives the distance of 200 miles round trip 
each week in the hope that a new Brethren witness may 
be established. 

Pray for a new Brethren church in Denver. 


"Out of the fire" has come a strong, virile, growing 
Home Mission church in Juniata, Pa. The splendid, new 
building has contributed impetus to the work which is 
guided by the hand of our Bro. PhUlip Simmons. New 
homes being constructed in the area are providing an 
increasing field. 


In spite of the fact that our Martinsburg, W. Va., con- 
gregation and their pastor, Bro. Leon Myers, hardly 
know what to call home as far as a meeting place is 
concerned, the church is experiencing real growth spir- 
itually and numerically. Having been forced to move 
to different meeting places several times, the trials and 
the problems have been many, but the Martinsburg 
Brethren have simply made them stepping stones to 
greater divine blessings. 

Plans are complete for the new building and actual 
excavation is under way. As soon as the weather per- 
mits such action, the construction will proceed rapidly. 
We hope to present a fine new church building for this 
community to our National Fellowship soon. 

Many details need completion and many problems are 
ahead, so keep praying for Martinsburg. 


To further emphasize the fact that Home Mission 
churches are evangelistic the Alexandria, Va., church 
is responding to appeals of the pastor. Brother Wash- 
burn, and souls are being reached with the Word of Life. 
In spite of the fact that it has been necessary to hold 
the services on the second floor of a school building, 
the congregation has experienced real growth. 

The greatest obstacle to the work is the lack of a 
building, which we hope to construct on our new lots 
soon. Financing will be a great problem to us in this 
work. Pray that the Lord wUl make funds available 
for the construction. If you can help personally by 
loaning money to the church, through the Council, we 
shall be happy to hear from you. 


In the capital city of the State of Pennsylvania the 
Brethren Church and its testimony are being more pub- 
licized daily. In addition to a regular radio program, 
the pastor. Brother Weber, is taking advantage of every 
opportunity to contact those who need the Gospel with 
the net result that attendance is increasing and splen- 
did, substantial people are being added to the church. 

Even though we appreciate the use of the YWCA 
chapel, it is located miles from our church lots which 
are in a new section of the city. We must have a build- 
ing at the earliest moment to provide a meeting place in 
this new community. But, financing again wUI be a 
great problem. Plans are about complete for the first 
unity of the building, but they are worthless without the 
money to translate them into reality. 


Dayton, Ohio, is rapidly becoming a Brethren center, 
which would not be a bad idea for every large city of 
our United States. More Brethren Home Mission dol- 
lars will make such progress possible. 

Formerly a community mission, the Bethany Brethren 
Church, on the western edge of the city, has shown re- 
markable stamina and spiritual growth. Mr. and Mrs. 
George Smith, with others, were responsible for lead- 
ing this church into the Brethren fellowship. 

Without assistance from any Home Mission organiza- 
tion, the faithful pastor, Bro. J. O. Gilbert, and his fam- 
Oy have labored earnestly in this field, even though 
Brother Gilbert has been forced to work at another vo- 
cation to support himself and family. 

Due to the substantial growth, expansion of the build- 
ing facilities is now necessary, and this church urgently 
needs our prayers and any financial support which can 
be given. 

It is simply another case where, if more Home Mission 
funds were provided, a struggling church could be as- 
sisted to the place where it would be able to pour back 
into all our organizations very generous offerings and 
many more souls would be reached. 


Through the faithful, hard work of Bro. Rubel Lucero 
at Albuquerque, the basement of the little Spanish 
church has been completed. Through the graciousness 
of Mrs. Rubel Lucero and her father, Mr. Buehman, 
and in memory of Mrs.Lucero's mother, the lots were 
given for the church location. 

There are thousands of Spanish-speaking people in 
the immediate area who need Christ. Roman Cathol- 
icism is strong and its adherents are doing everything 
possible to persecute and hinder our missionaries. 

In order for the work to proceed properly the building 
must be completed. An additional thousand dollars 
will be needed to do this and we are trusting that from 

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Bethany Brethren at Dayton, Ohio, showing the congregation and the building 


Los Angeles, Calif., Third, Rev. Robert Crees, pastor. 

God has blessed us so abundantly financially that we 
will be able to burn our second mortgage of $3,435.11. 
We pray that a spark from this fire will make a desire 
burn in our hearts to pay the balance of our indebted- 
ness as soon as possible. 

Johnson, City, Tenn., Rev. Russell Ogden, pastor. 

The first Brethren Youth Rally in Tennessee and the 
first one in the new location at Johnson City was held 
recently under the direction of Rev. Ralph Colburn. 

Chico, Calif., Rev. Ward Tressler, pastor. 

Thirteen persons came to know Jesus Christ as their 
Saviour in the last quarter of 1949, and 17 came for re- 
dedication of their lives. Our Sunday school averages 
over 50 for the winter months, and I believe it will soon 
average around 70 per Sunday. 

Beaumont, Calif., Rev. Gene Farrell, pastor. 

We have been able to find a location in Cherry Valley 

at a very reasonable price to locate our new Brethren 
church. In the last two weeks six souls were saved and 
one rededication. We had 81 in Sunday school last 
week. Truly this is the Lord's doing. 

Artesia, Calif., Rev. Robert L. Dell, pastor. 

There is a fine spirit in the church and increase in the 
attendance and interest. Yesterday we did not have 
enough seats in the auditorium for the opening of our 
Sunday school. We attribute every success to our Lord 
who hath done great things for us. 

Alexandria, Va., Rev. Burl Washburn, pastor. 

We just came home from the evening service and are 
praising the Lord for the day: 85 in Sunday school, 86 in 
the morning worship, 60 in BYF and 115 in the evening 
service. The plans will soon be completed for our new 
church building and work is expected to be started yet 
this month. 

Yakivia, Wash., Rev. Russell Williams, pastor. 

Praise the Lord for the fine meeting with Brother 
Ashman, and although the temperature was down to 25° 
below zero and with 20 inches of snow, the attendance 
was good. Ten people came out for first-time decisions 
or church membership. One couple came for rededica- 
tion. In a special Sunday school decision service 15 boys 
and girls stepped over the line and made decisions for 
Christ publicly. Since the revival two couples and two 
sons of another couple have accepted Christ as Saviour. 
Certainly God can do abundantly above what we ask 
or think. 

March 18, 7950 




On February 12th, Dr. Albert Einstein in a telecast 
gave his solution to the present unstable and uncertain 
conditions in the world of today. He stated "Annihila- 
tion of any life on earth has been brought within range 
of technical possibilities .... Is there any way out . . .? 
Solemn renunciation of violence ... is undoubtedly nec- 
essary. Such renunciation, however, can only be elec- 
tive if ... a supranational . . . body is set up." Can it be 
that the H-bomb will be the means God uses to bring 
that to pass which is spoken of in Revelation 13? I be- 
lieve this could be so used. And if it is to be so used, 
there is little time remaining to win the lost to Christ! 
One would think such unstable and uncertain conditions 
would tend to make people conscious of the need for 
the things of God. But such is not the case. Rather the 
reverse is true, for more than ever, people are seeking 
the pleasures of the world which are a sedative against 
the realities of our day. 

Last week I came in contact with many people who. 
with very few exceptions, had never had anything to do 
with Christ nor did they care to hear of Him and His 
power to save. And the seriousness of their condition 
was further revealed when they told me that their last 
contact with things pertaining to the God of the Old 
Testament (which to the Jew is in no way connected 
with Christ) was in the days of their youth. Since that 
time many of them have never attended temple. They 
claim they are agnostics or atheists or even worse, for 
many of them have left the faith of their fathers and are 
seeking they know not what, in metaphysics or one of 
the cults or "isms" of the day. 

One old gentleman who is a Hebrew scholar with a 
great knowledge of the Old Testament told me that he 
has finally decided that instead of the Old Testament 
being the Word of God it is grandmother stories (fairy 
tales). Others tell me that I'm out of my mind to believe 
all that is written in the Word of God. And the young 
men for the most part laugh at the idea of there being 
such a thing as sin or God. 

The only way that such opposition can be broken 
down is by repeated contacts with these people. And it 
is necessary there be enough people on any particular 
field that contacts might be made as frequently as nec- 
essary. But to adequately staff any mission field ade- 
quate funds are necessary. If we are to press forward 
for the Lord in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles it is 
necessary that we have the support of all the Brethren 
that we might be able to place those who have and are 
fitting themselves for work among the Chosen People. 
There is, as you can see, a great need for your Jewish 
Mission dollar at the present time. And this need arises 
not only from the shortness of time to carry the Word 
to the lost, but also from the need of a greater effort to 
provide those who are willing to carry the Word. 

But when one spends his dollar he wishes to know 
something of the value he will receive for that dollar. 
Does investing in the things of God "pay ofT"? The fol- 
lowing, I believe, is one of the best illustrations of the 
interest one may expect to receive on dollars invested 
in God's work. 


Max Jukes lived in the State of New York. He did 
not believe in Christ or Christian things. He married a 
girl of like character. From this union they have studied 
1,026 descendants. Three hundred of them died prema- 
turely. One hundred were sent to the penitentiary for 
an average of 13 years each. One hundred and ninety 
were public prostitutes. There were 100 drunkards, and 
the family cost the state $1,200,000. They made no con- 
tribution to society. 

Jonathan Edwards lived in the same State. He be- 
lieved in Christ and Christian things. He married a girl 
of like character. From this union they have studied 
729 descendants. Out of this family have come 300 
preachers, 65 college professors, 13 university presidents, 
60 authors of good books, three United States Congress- 
men, and one Vice President of the United States; and 
outside of Aaron Burr, a grandson of Edwards, who 
married a questionable character, the family has not cost 
the state a single dollar! 

What is the value of a "mission dollar"? It is un- 
doubtedly very high. It is of greater value than any 
other investment, for it not only will "pay off" in this 
life but it wUl continue to do so throughout all eternity. 
Whv do we need to be urged to invest in the ■work of 


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the churches of that district and others across the nation 
funds will be made available at once for this project. 

Send your gifts directlj' to us here at Winona Lake, 


How we came to think of the clothing we send to our 
various missions as "old" clothing we do not know. But 
we do know that there is a tremendous need for usable 
clothing among the Spanish-speaking people at Albu- 
querque, Taos, and all through the area. There is also 
a great need among the Navahos, and at certain seasons 
in Kentucky. 

May we make a suggestion? Please do not send "old" 
clothing, meaning clothing which is not reasonably 
usable. You pay or we pay to have this clothing deliv- 
ered, and it is a waste of the Lord's money to send rags 
and tatters to our missions which must be discarded on 

Why not call it "the Lord's clothing"? This means 
clothing which is not completely worn out, but you give 
it as you might give so much in dollars and cents, know- 
ing that you can provide for your own needs. Such 
clothing is of more value in primarily helping to reach 
these souls for Christ and also meeting their physical 
needs than we can express in words. 

Keep it coming, and a lot of it! 

If you are in doubt as to what kind of clothing is 
needed and when at the various mission stations, con- 
sult your Home Mission directory and write the mis- 
sionaries for information. 


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In $^c/ilptivi€ 

Send Sermon Outlines to Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman, 
17 West 4th Street, Waynesboro, Pa. 


1. We in Christ (chapters 1 to 3). 

A. By divine choice (chapter 1). 

(Paul's prayer for a wise church, 15-23). 

B. By divine quickening (chapter 2). 

(Paul's statement of our standing, 11-22). 

C. By divine dispensation (chapter 3). 

(Paul's prayer for a strong church, 14-21). 

2. Christ in Us (chapters 4 to 6). 

A. For a work (chapter 4). 

(Paul emphasizes spiritual union, 4-10). 

B. For a walk (chapters 5:1 to 6:9). 

(Paul emphasizes domestic union, 5:22-6:9). 

C. For a war (chapter 6:10-20). 

(Paul's closing remarks and benediction, 

(Pastor H. E. Cole, Ithaca, N. Y.) 


1. A New Nation— Israel (Luke 21:23-28). 

2. A New Era— the Atomic (II Pet. 2:11). 

3. A New World System— Communism (Ezek. 38:8, 14, 

16-39). (Selected) 

(I Sam. 7:1-17) 

1. Purification needed (3, 4). 

2. Intercession made (6-9). 

3. Victory accomplished (10, 11). 

4. Commemoration established (12). 


(Jer. 13.16) 

1. Darkness may be natural: in this all are born. 

2. Darkness may be willful: in this men deliberately 
choose darkness in place of light. 

3. Darkness may be judicial: in this men are given up 
to darkness because of their ovim perversity. 

(Dr. H. A. Ironside) 


New York (JWNS). — Speaking on board Hitler's one- 
time yacht. Gen. Julius Klein, former commander of the 
Jewish War Veterans, told a select gathering of top 
American leaders that all anti-Semites and persecutors 
of Jews in the past ended in disaster and that a similar 
fate awaits any future anti-Semite. Klein spoke on 
Bastille Day to a gathering of American army generals, 
film magnates, industrialists, and publishers. He stressed 
that he was speaking as a Jew and noted, in his talk, 
that he was speaking through the microphone over 
which Hitler used to give orders to his general staff. 

"Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee" 
(Zeph. 3:19)! 



(Philippians 4:8) 

Whatsoever things are true. 
Whatsoever things are honest. 
Whatsoever things are just. 
Whatsoever things are pure. 
Whatsoever things are lovely. 
Whatsoever things are of good report. 



"It never occurs to any people on the face of the 
earth," opines the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, "other 
than the Jews as to what is their mission in life and as to 
whether they are carrying it out. We have not yet been 
told what service to humanity the Bantu of Africa or 
the Maori of New Zealand has ever or will ever per- 

Commenting on the above, the editor of the American 
Hebrew observes: "The probabilities are that when the 
ancestors of the Jews were in the intellectual state of the 
Bantus and the Maoris they did not attempt to justify 
their presence among men nor even dream of a mission 
that would justify their persistence. Neither does the 
ox in his stall, nor the ass in the field, nor the oyster in 
his bed question themselves as to what service they owe 
to humanity; it is sufficient for them that they exist. 
Let a people like the Jews consciously persist among 
the people despite every effort to destroy them, and it 
must explain its continued existence to itself and its 
miraculous persistence to humanity." 

If we touch at all upon the deductions of our contem- 
porary it is because they represent a departure from the 
stultifying attitude which our people have for so long 
maintained. It must be apparent to the more serious 
among us, to those of us who have not become complete 
strangers to our divine history, to the writings of the 
prophets, the books of Jonah, Ruth, and more partic- 
lilarly those of the New Testament that, unlike the 
Bantu, we were vested ■with a mission. "This people 
have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my 
praise" (Isa. 43:21) is but one of a host of Old Testament 
affirmations and, coming to the New Testament, we find 
the Messiah-Jesus commissioning His Jewish disciples, 
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel [the 
good news of God] to every creature" (Mark 16:15). 

It is, of course, within our power to refuse to accept 
and carry out the mission for which we were destined; 
we can, if we choose, descend to the level of the ox, the 
ass, and the oyster — but we can also rise to our predes- 
tined heights — become a Messianic people, the carriers 
of world redemption. 

Israel! "Arise, shine; for thy light is come" (Isa. 60:1). 
— From "A Jew Looks at Jesus," by Henry Einspruch. 

March 18, 1950 




Rev. L. L. Grubb will hold evan- 
gelistic meetings in Fort Wayne, 
Ivd., beginning March 26. Miss 
Louise Kimmel is director, and Rev. 
John Aeby is chairman of the ad- 
visory council of the local Child 
Evangelism Fellowship which holds 
46 weekly classes with an average 
attendance of 660. 

Rev. Charles Ashvian, Jr., and 
Rev. Dennis Holliday, of the Winona 
Lake, Ind., church, were granted 
ministerial licenses for one year 
March 5. 

Rev. Rubel Lucero and Rev. Sam 
Horney, pastors at Albuquerque and 
Taos, N. Mex., are exchanging evan- 
gelistic meetings. Some Catholics 
are attending the meetings in Taos. 

Rev. Robert Ashman's car was 
crowded off an icy road near Silver 
Lake, Ind., recently, resulting in se- 
rious damage to the car. 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy paid a brief 
visit to the Missionary Herald office 
March 6. He was in Winona Lake 
to get the missionary Plymouth for 
use during his furlough. 

Rev. Luther L. Grubb flew to 
Portland, Oreg., March 4 to attend 
to Home Mission business in the 

From Sunnyside, Wash.: "Wed- 
nesday night was one of the greatest 
prayer meetings we have had. Peo- 
ple's hearts were just bubbling over 

/ Urn O/ta0uwfC\ 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Washington 20. D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. IL^cker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Children's Page Elaine Polman 

with the blessing of God." More 
than 50 people testified that God had 
answered a specific prayer request 
during the recent revival. There 
were 45 present for the first meet- 
ing of the Intercessors, a special 
prayer meeting on Thursday night. 

First-time decisions for Christ at 
Canton, Ohio, during January and 
February totaled 20. The Canton 
spring communion service will be 
held Easter Sunday night. 

Rev. Marion Gates was granted a 
ministerial license in a public serv- 
ice at the Grace Church, Altoona, 
Pa., March 9. Rev. Henry Kulp was 
the speaker. Brother Gates is the 
new pastor at Clayton, Ohio. 

Sunday school attendance at Chico, 
Calif., reached 77 and 74 on two 
Sundays in February. 

Rev. Dingeman Teuling, chalk 
artist, is holding meetings at the 
First Church, Dayton, Ohio, begin- 
ning March 12. In spite of disagree- 
able weather there was an attend- 
ance of 95 at the midweek prayer 
meeting March 1. 

Rev. Kenneth Ashman is holding 
evangelistic meetings in Kittanning, 
Pa., March 13-26. 

Ground-breaking services at the 
new Melrose Gardens church in Har- 
risburg. Pa., were held Sunday, 
March 12. Dr. Alva J. McClain was 
the speaker at the afternoon service. 

Teams oj Brethren young people 
are being made up by Youth Direc- 
tor Ralph Colburn for service in the 
churches next summer. Young 
people desiring to participate, and 
churches wishing their services, 
should write at once to the director 
at Winona Lake, Ind. 

More than 50 percent of the mem- 
of the young men's class at Martins- 
burg, Pa., received pins Februarj' 5 
indicating perfect attendance for one 
year. The class, taught by the pas- 
tor, has a membership of about 25. 

Plans are being made for evan- 
gelistic meetings at Massillon, Ohio, 
March 26 to April 9, with the organ- 
ization of a Brethren church to fol- 
low. About 11 families are already 
interested in the work. 

The Akron Bible histitute, of 
which Dr. Raymond Gingrich is 
president, had a winter enrollment 
of 200 students. The spring term 
opened March 7, featuring a special 
course in vacation Bible school work. 
Rev. Charles Bergerson is in charge 
of the music on the weekly broad- 
cast. At least six members of the 
faculty are Brethren. 

Rev. Russell Ward will assume his 
duties as pastor at Cleveland, Ohio, 
Easter Sunday. 

The Gospel Truth quartet made 
another set of transcriptions in Wi- 
nona Lake recently. By the way, 
has your church paid its portion of 
the radio deficit? 

The new address of Rev. W. E. 
Thomas is P. O. Box 42, Whitten, 

The new church at San Bernar- 
dino, Calif., gives this attendance re- 
port for February 19: Sunday school, 
59; morning service, 68; C. E., 41; 
evening service, 54; prayer meeting, 

Go-nj^e^ence /Ve44/4> 

The National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches will be held 
this year, the Lord willing, in 
Long Beach, California. This 
conference wUl be 10 days in 
length — three more than usual. 
The dates are August 18 to 27, 
inclusive. Plan now to attend, 
and watch this space weekly for 
Conference News. 

Dr. L. S. Bauman will hold a Bible 
conference at Hagerstown, Md., 
AprU 3-7. 

Evangelistic meetings at the Grace 
church, Altoona, Pa. (Juniata) will 
be conducted by Rev. Walter A. 
Lepp, April 10-23. 

On roll-call Sunday at the Flora, 
Ind., church there were 158 persons 
present at the Bible school, and 146 
at the morning service, including 61 
percent of the resident membership. 
Rev. Ward Miller will lead the Flora 
church in pre-Easter evangelistic 

Rev. L. B. Entriken, of Phoenix, 
Ariz., is the evangelist at the Whit- 
tier, Calif., church March 14-26. A 
new carpet has been laid in the 
church auditorium. 

Average Bible school attendance 
in February at the Waterloo, Iowa, 
church was 209. 

Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy were 
given a reception and linen shower 
at the church in Rittman, Ohio, on 
their first Sunday night in the 
States. The Rittman Sunday school 
attendance reached 197. 


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"Which would you rather have — 
dollars, or sense?" You've had the 
question put to you, probably, as a 
trick. But there's food for thought 
in the question, and in the answer. 
For we're living in an age where 
dollars seem to have become more 
important than sense. Many of the 
people of our times are slaves to the 
dollar sign. 

I was reading in Weymouth's 
translation of the New Testament 
just yesterday in I Timothy, and I 
was especially impressed by this par- 
agraph, chapter 6, verses 6-10, "God- 
liness is indeed great gain when ac- 
companied by contentment; for we 
brought nothing into the world, nor 
can we carry anything out of it; and 
if we have food and clothing, with 
these we should be satisfied. But 
people who want to be rich fall into 
temptation and a snare, and into 
many unwise and pernicious crav- 
ings, which sink mankind in destruc- 
tion and ruin. From love of money 
all sorts of evUs arise; and some 
have so hankered after money that 
they have gone astray from the faith 
and have caused themselves many 
pangs of sorrow." 

Do we have to learn the hard way 
that God's Word is true? It seems 
so, with many. But you and I can 
learn to heed the warnings of the 
Word to our profit. And this pas- 
sage above is certainly not the only 
one that reminds us of the danger 
of riches. Never is money itself con- 
demned in the Bible, but its love is 
always rebuked. The Psalmist 
warned: "If riches increase, set not 
your heart upon them." And Jesus 
said, "A man's life consisteth not in 
the abundance of things he possess- 

No; happiness is not spelled $UC- 
CE$$, but is found in doing the will 
of God. Learn this lesson early in 
life, and set your course accordingly. 
And remember, "This book of the 
law shall not depart out of thy 
mouth; but thou s h a 1 1 meditate 
therein day and night, that thou 
mayest observe to do all that is 
written therein: for then shalt thou 
make thy way prosperous, and then 
thou shalt have good success. 

On a Saturday evening late in 
January the Virginia churches of 
the Southeast district staged a youth 
rally, with the Clearbrook church as 
gracious host. After a fine buffet 
supper we enjoyed a good time in 
the auditorium, with singing in 
charge of Frank Campbell, and spe- 
cials from each of the churches. 
About 100 were present, and you can 
see part of the total crowd in the 
picture. Your youth director was 
privileged to bring the message, and 
two Christian young people stepped 
out to make decisions for the Lord. 

Southeast district has a splendid 
group of Brethren Student Life Vol- 
unteers, many of whom are now in 
school, preparing for Christian serv- 
ice. But many of them are stUl in 
high school, or working, around the 
area, so we got those present to pose 
for their picture. From left to right 
they are: Robert MUler, Frances 

Dodson, L. D. Wright, Joyce Cling- 
enpeel, Sarah Meador, Doris Gilmer, 
Mary Jo Trussler, Billy Gilmer, 
whoops! I've forgotten the next girl's 
name; James Keith, Wyoma Propst, 
Albert Hutton, Roy Debo, Myra 
Connor, Alva Connor, Helen Bur- 
nett, Betty Meador, and sorry, Betty 
Ramsey, but the camera missed you! 

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March 18, 1950 




We just completed another evan- 
gelistic campaign in the Bethel 
Church, Berne, Ind., January 22 to 
February 12. Bro. Wm. H. Clough, 
of the Sunnymede Church in South 
Bend, Ind., was our evangelist. This 
was his third visit to Bethel as evan- 
gelist. He was at his best in preach- 
ing the Word. Many of our friends 
from surrounding churches were 
present in the meeting night after 
night. This was a real encourage- 
ment to us. Bro. DeWayne Felber, 
a fine young man from one of the 
local churches, had charge of the 
song service each night. We en- 
joyed good singing and lots of spe- 
cial music. 

There is a fine spirit of unity 
among the Brethren here which 
made for a welcome atmosphere for 
all who came to the services. We en- 
joyed the presence of many visitors 
in every service. As usual, it was 
difficult to get the unsaved to the 
services. We are rejoicing in the 
salvation of seven and the rededica- 
tion of life of nine. Many more were 
contacted and prayed with and for, 
but they did not come to Christ. We 
still have many in our community 
who need the Lord. Pray with us 
that we might be able yet to reach 
them for Christ, while we await His 
coming for His own. 

Brother Clough's messages were 
ably given and well received. As 
pastor of the local work, the writer 
very much enjoyed working with 
Brother Clough. It was our first ex- 
perience working together, and it 
was truly an enjoyable three weeks 
we spent together. We prayed and 
called daily, and we sincerely believe 
the Lord honored our efforts for 
Him. But to Him we give all the 
glory and praise. The seed of the 
Word has been sown; we hope by 
God's grace to water it faithfully, 
and depend upon Him for the in- 
crease as it pleases Him. 

We face some problems in our 
field, but God has been good and 
we praise Him for everything. We 
shall appreciate an interest in your 
prayers that we might be faithful in 
the tasks He has given us. — Ord 
Gehman, pastor. 

Greetings: I am happy indeed to 
share with you the joys and bless- 

ings of the Berne revival. First of 
all, we certainly desire to praise the 
Lord for the kindness of the Berne 
church and Pastor Gehman for ex- 
tending to me the invitation to help 
them in the meeting. The campaign 
opened on the evening of Sunday, 
January 22, closing Sunday evening, 
February 12, including every night 
of the three weeks. The Lord was 
gracious and our hearts continue to 
rejoice in the blessings of grace as 
we look back on the campaign. 

I shall never forget, but always 
look back to, the sweet prayer fel- 
lowship each day with the pastor 
when we prayed for the unsaved. 
The calling each day, talking with 
the unsaved, inviting and encourag- 
ing them in the things of Christ, was 
a joy to my heart. We greatly en- 
joyed the gracious hospitality and 
wonderful meals with the pastor in 
the homes of the members each day. 

Mr. Dewayne Felber, consecrated, 
talented youth leader of Berne, was 
the song leader. His song leading 
and work with the music committee 
not only provided the best of talent 
and special music for each night, but 
prepared the hearts of the audience 
for the message, making it easy for 
the evangelist. The music each night 
was equal to or better than the large 

It was our third revival with the 
Berne church. The church is spir- 
itual, the people are loyal and 
united. They love the Word and ap- 
preciate the Word. They love their 
pastor and respect him. With their 
pastor, the Berne church has a vis- 
ion of the lost and a burden to reach 
them. The field, like every other 
field, is challenging and is white al- 
ready unto the harvest. Berne is a 
great church; they are doing a great 
work. Best of all, their goals with 
their plans for the future call for a 
much greater work ere our Lord 

The two pictures that close the 
Gospel of Mark challenge us today 
to renewed vision and burden for 
souls: "The Enthroned Christ" and 
"The Busy Disciples" (Mark 16:19. 
20). What we need above all things 
else is to see "The Enthroned Christ," 
and after seeing Him. we shall most 
surely see a lost world on the brink 
of hell, and then cry out unto God, 
"Lord, make us willing and give us 

power to go forth with Him in win- 
ning the lost."— William H. Clough, 


The windows of heaven opened 
and God graciously poured forth a 
rich blessing on the First Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio. February 
6 to 19 was the time of our revival 
meeting. Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, 
of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was God's 
messenger. Night after night this 
man of God gave forth the unsearch- 
able riches of God to a waiting con- 
gregation. In every service, with 
but two exceptions, there was re- 
sponse. During the meeting there 
were 52 who came forward. There 
were 19 first-time confessions. This 
meeting refreshed the children of 
God and caused many to see their 
need of a Saviour. 

Brother Kriegbaum, a native Day- 
tonian, endeaied himself to the 
church by his clear, forceful presen- 
tation of God's message for the time 
in which we live. May the Lord 
continue to use him and other sin- 
cere messengers in these last days. — 
William A. Steffler, pastor. 

The privilege was mine to labor in 
the Gospel with our good friend, 
Pastor William Steffler, in the Fh-st 
Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, 
February 7-19. 

Under the capable leadership of 
Brother Steffler, the field was ripe 
for a good meeting, and the first 
night we saw souls coming to Christ 
Jesus. Thi-oughout the two weeks 
there were only two services when 
there was not some type of a deci- 
sion for Christ. One night God was 
glorified as 17 precious souls came 
forward to make a new stand for 
Christ, two or three of which were 
for first-time confessions. 

The attendance was fine and the 
spirit was wonderful. I have never 
been in a church where the hospital- 
ity was as wonderful. Everyone 
seemed willing to get into the "har- 
ness" and seek to make for a God- 
glorifying campaign. Every night a 
fine volunteer choir assisted in the 

Some of God's choice saints are 
faithfully laboring with Pastor Stef- 
fler, and the church is in fine spir- 
itual condition. I believe God is 


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going to show continual blessing up- 
on the pastor and people of First 
Church, and especially after the 
church is moved to the new location, 
which is in a fine residential section. 
I shall long remember the joy and 
blessing that were mine to enjoy in 
Dayton, the church where I heard 
the "Good News" and accepted 
Christ as my personal Saviour back 
in 1921. — Arnold Krieghaum, evan- 


For the third time we returned to 
Spokane to hold a revival in the 
First Brethren Church. We found 
the church much farther advanced 
in growth and organization than be- 
fore. Many who came in during our 
previous meeting have become pil- 
lars in the church already. The 
church has an excellent standing in 
the fundamental circles of the city. 

Great changes have come during 
the pastorate of Bro. William Schaf- 
fer. He has held various offices in 
the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals, which is the strongest fun- 
damental group in that entire sec- 
tion. During the last two years 
Brother Schaffer has been president 
of the new Northwest Christian High 
School. Upon him has fallen most 
of the organizational, promotional, 
and administrative leadership of that 
fast-growing school. All of these 
responsibilities which have been 
thrust upon him have given his con- 
gregation a very high standing in the 

During the meetings, Clay Cooper, 
Youth for Christ director for the 
city, and also radio pastor, asked us 
to speak over his Church of the Air 
hour each morning for nearly two 
weeks. He asked that we stress the 
subject of revival and speak to the 
preachers as well as the laymen. This 
we did. God seemed to especially 
favor the efforts and as a result 
a fine group of pastors and laymen 
met several nights after the services 
and prayed till midnight. The last 
service was on the closing night of 
the meeting. A great burden rested 
upon them all and it was a rich priv- 
ilege to be among them and have 
part. It seems that God is prepar- 
ing to pour out a great working of 
His Spirit upon that region. Thir- 
teen evangelistic rallies are being 
held in Spokane and surrounding 
towns during the next few weeks. 
God seems to be visiting His people 

with a great revival in these last 

The Spokane congregation is still 
not large, but it is one of the most 
loyal and liberal of all in our de- 
nomination. We doubt if any con- 
gregation of equal size can surpass it. 

A permanent group of intercessors 
was established to meet each week 
to pray for the unsaved. Also a 
wonderful group of soul-winners 
was formed to work with the pastor 
in winning souls all year long. With 
these tools in his hand we believe 
the pastor wUl now be able to great- 
ly increase the rate of growth of the 
church in reaching unsaved men for 
Christ. — R. Paul Miller, evangelist. 


A boys club is being organized 
under the leadership of Bro. C. 
"Jim" Lunden and the pastor with 
about 20 boys for the initial meeting. 
These boys range between the ages 
of 9 and 15. 

Pre -Easter services were arranged 
by the congregation, the pastor being 
chosen to bring the messages each 
evening, with Bro. R. D. Barnard on 
Tuesday, April 4, and the West Vir- 
ginia Bible College to have Thurs- 
d a y evening. Rev. Baxter Davis, 
student president, to preach, with 
testimonies and special music from 
the student body. 

An evangelistic campaign with 
Bro. Charles Ashman, Sr., as evan- 
gelist wUl begin April 16, continuing 
through May 7. 

Rev. Ralph Colburn, Brethren 
youth director, wUl be with us May 

Brethren, pray with us for each 
one of these special events, to glorify 
the Lord Jesus Christ and permit 
the blessed Holy Spirit to prevail. — 
Stanley F. Hauser, pastor. 


Sunday evening, February 26, we 
closed the special services of meet- 
ings with Brother Ashman. Most of 
us are sure that another week would 
have been fruitful. Two weeks is 
not enough. But the two weeks were 
filled with the Word of God and 

Brother Ashman preached evan- 
gelistic messages in the evenings, 
and in the afternoons of the last 
week we tried a new thing for this 
church — Bible conference lectures. 
Brother Ashman has a chart 10 feet 
by 4 feet illustrating the shepherd 
work of Jesus Christ. These lec- 

tures are based on the 22nd, 23rd, 
and 24th Psalms, presenting Jesus as 
the "Good," "Great," and "Chief" 
Shepherd. Many could not come to 
these afternoon meetings, but those 
who could and did, received some 
excellent instruction and inspiration. 

You are interested, of course, in 
the results of the meetings. You wUl 
have to wait until we all enter into 
the glories to know the sure results. 
All I can tell you is what I saw with 
my eyes. I saw a large percentage 
of the members of this congregation 
presenting themselves before the 
Lord for the task of winning souls to 
Christ. (Pray for them, that every 
one of them may soon know the joy 
of winning at least one soul to Christ 
before He comes.) Another thing I 
saw that always pleases the Lord 
was the coming of saints with sin in 
their lives, confessing and weeping 
before God with broken and contrite 
hearts asking for forgiveness and 

"But," you ask, "were there souls 
saved?" Yes, praise God, there 
were! Pray for these, too. Being 
careful at this point, I would venture 
to say that 13 walked down the 
aisles publicly professing Christ as 
their Saviour. As I check the names 
of these 13, I find that at least six of 
them are the fruit of the faithful 
work of the leaders of our Sky Pilots 
organization. When Christians work 
together, planting, watering, and 
praying, the net will have fish in it 
when it is drawn in. 

But while we are rejoicing over 
glorious victories, we must not for- 
get that many, many souls are stUl 
in the hands of the enemy. We must 
not fail these. They are still lost. 
Pray with us that they will be 
brought in before they die without 
Chi-ist, or before Christ comes. — ■ 
Glen Welborn, pastor. 

Our church in Albany, Oreg., is 
among the most recent to be organ- 
ized. From a small group which 
came out of the Church of the Breth- 
ren, they have grown to a member- 
ship of approximately 75. With much, 
sacrifice and volunteer labor, they 
have erected a church building 
which is yet in process of interior 
finishing. Finished with knotty pine, 
it is neat appearing and will meet 
their needs for the present and the 
immediate future. It is located in a 
new, rapidly growing section of the 
city, which will provide an ever ex- 
panding field for the fundamental 

Many and varied were the hin- 

March 18, 1950 


drances which Satan threw in the 
pathway of the Gospel meetings 
which we held with the Albany 
Brethren Church. But the Lord 
gave victory in spite of them all. 
This church has passed through the 
flush of a new work and is in the 
stage of stabilization. This is a test 
period always. We sought in the 
afternoon Bible studies as well as in 
the evening evangelistic messages to 
instruct as well as to Inspire. We 
sought to stir deep currents of devo- 
tion, not just mere surface emotion. 

It was a joy to fellowship with the 
whole-souled, wholehearted, earnest, 
man of prayer, the pastor of this 
flock. Brother Welborn. He is held 
in high esteem in the city. He has 
been director for Youth for Christ. 
He is a tireless soul winner. 

Albany is another example of the 
excellent work which our Home 
Missions Council is doing. More and 
more as we minister in CouncU 
churches are we convinced that the 
members of the Brethren Church 
would do well to invest their gifts in 
this field, rather than in the multi- 
tudinous independent works which 
are usually built around a man 
rather than the Lord. Rich divi- 
dends are being realized in invest- 
ments in Home Missions Council 
churches. — C h arl e s H. Ashman, 


S>V!i^ ROOF 


I do not understand my way, and j'et 
I know 

The Lord is good. So many times 
I've proved it so. 

Though heartaches come so oft to 
me, and many tears. 

Yet I can trust my Lord, who leads 
through all my years. 

And know that He, who lets the bit- 
ter sorrows fall. 

Cares more for me than I can know, 
and bears them all. 

The sunlight, too, shines on my way, 
and good is He 

To let the joys so undeserved en- 
compass me. 

In love He guides me tenderly along 
my way: 

I -walk with Him through earth unto 
that perfect day 

When I shall in His presence dwell 

His righteousness my robe. His love 
my theme upon that shore. 

— Angle Garher. 

Wheels of Time, how relentlessly 
they turn! Mother has been sad- 
dened by the removal of trees from 
the tract of ground across the street. 
The once lovely, cool woods is rapid- 
ly giving way to great earth-moving 
machinery. Plans in the making for 
two years are at long last coming to 
fruition. The city is being brought 
to our very door by the erection of a 
huge apartment-house development. 

Daddy and Mother are alone in 
their grief over these changes. Every 
youngster under this roof is delight- 
ed with all the activity so handy to 
their observation. How eager eyes 
gleam as great machines pick up big 
trees as though they were but tooth- 
picks! That LeTourneau machine 
which is literally leveling the hill is 
the source of much wonder and ad- 
miration. But the noise — wonderful, 
wonderful noise — seems to crown 
this experience. Indeed, who has 
ever known the active boy who him- 
self was not a bundle of noise en- 
cased in skin? Outdoors they can 
yell to their young hearts' content 
because Mother can't hear them 
above the din. And the best part 
of this is that the children cannot 
hear Mother call to them. Oh joy! 
In all honesty they can say, "We 
never heard you call," and they 
know Mother is forced to accept this 
excuse for any tardiness. 

And do you know the boys have 
gone so far as to say they thought 
Mother was on the porch to watch 
the progress across the street when 
they saw her standing there waving 
her arms to come to the house? One 
of the boys even suggested that it 
was good for Mother's health to get 
out on the porch once in a while. 
Therefore, he never dreamed Mother 
wanted him when she made her ap- 
pearance outdoors. 

What adult can ever keep pace, or 
even be prepared for the machina- 
tions of a growing youngster's mind? 
Yet their reasoning is not much dif- 
ferent from many an adult Chris- 
tian in relation to his spiritual life. 
Too many of God's children say, in 
effect, "Lord, I never heard you caU. 
My ears were heavy with the noise 
of worldly attainment, legitimate in 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

itself, but halting my response to 
Thy caU." 

Perhaps the noise of acquiring 
money, land, and fame has dulled 
the sensitivity of your spirit to the 
call and claims of Christ upon you, 
dear reader. Or the passing allure- 
ment of this world's pleasure, cou- 
pled with the heady exhilaration of 
doing your will, may have done, and 
yet be working its deadly effect in 
your life. The conflict in your life 
is peace-robbing. Your heart cries 
out with the Psalmist, "Restore unto 
me the joy of thy salvation . . ." 
(Psa. 51:12). Be of good cheer, fel- 
low Christian. The answer to this 
cry is yours as in faith and sincerity 
it is uttered. After David called 
upon God for restoration of joy God 
answered, "The sacrifices of God are 
a broken spirit: a broken and a con- 
trite heart, O God, thou wdt not 
despise" (Psa. 51:17). 

You want to hear His call? Then 
offer Him that broken and contrite 

"Pardon for sin and a peace that en- 
Thine own dear presence to cheer 
and to guide; 
Strength for today and bright hope 
for tomorrow, 
Blessings all mine with ten thou- 
sand beside." 


He sits at the gates of our lives 

This beggar — of Time 

Garbed solely in dyes 

Of purple thrice fine. 

He leans at the door 

Of our hearts — and waits 

For the curtain's brief part 

Rung not — as through fates. 

Insatiate, ne'er bending 

The search ever driven 

On steps that are ending 

His mantle ne'er given. 

He lingers anon — yet not forever 

His due to receive, ours to sever. 

How long, how patient 

How torn with our spite; 

Curse not the dawn 

Forgetting the night. 

— J. Roger Johson. 


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B/OGP^P»/C4^ SA£rc//£S of Oi//i le^D£/SS I 


Confessing his faith in Christ in a 
Catholic church, and entering the 
ministry because of the unbeUef of 
a Modernist pastor, are among the 
unusual experiences of Rev. Peter 
H. Bury, pastor of the Brethren 
church in Conemaugh, Pa. 

Born in Tacoma, Wash., he moved 
with his family at the age of 3 to the 
old Stump ranch between Tacoma 
and Mount Rainier, where he says, 
"We worked hard." His confession 
of faith came at the age of 14 at 
Graham, Wash. Christian neigh- 
bors had been praying for him and 
telling him that only the Lord Jesus 
Christ could save him from sin. This 
led to his public confession in the 
Catholic church. 

That confession brought peace and 
joy into his heart, but victory and 
determination to serve the Lord 
came at a meeting in Bremerton, 
Wash., at which R. G. LeTourneau 
was the speaker. Brother Bury adds, 
"When I was unable to answer the 
scoffing of my pastor, who didn't be- 
lieve the Bible, I felt that I should 
study the Word at a Bible school and 
go out and preach the Gospel." 

He attended Pacific Lutheran Col- 
lege for a year and a half, earning 
two years' credits, besides partici- 
pating in football and debate. Then 
he received four years of additional 
training at Grace Seminary, where 
he graduated with a diploma. 

Brother Bury's first pastorate was 
at the Lincoln Community Church, 
where he started with two people in 
a closed church. In 1944-45 he was 
pastor of the Brethren church in 
Modesto, Calif., where he was or- 
dained to the Brethren ministry. 
Elders Conard Sandy and Thomas 
Hanmiers examined and ordained 
him there. 

Peter Bury has always taken a 
special interest in the Slavic-Amer- 
ican people, and he spent the years 
1945-47 in mission work among 
them. Six Russian and Ukrainian 
workers are in full-time Christian 
service as a result of this work. 
Later he made a trip to Europe tak- 
ing relief supplies and the Gospel to 
Poland. This burden for the Slavs 

is still on his heart. He says, "In our 
larger eastern cities there are mil- 
lions of Slavic Catholics who have 
never heard the Gospel." 

After brief pastorates at the Forks 
Bible Church and the Brethren 
church in Portland, Oreg., Brother 
Bury began his present work in 
Conemaugh January 15, 1949. Since 

two-thirds of the population in Con- 
emaugh is Slavic-American, he has 
ample opportunity to work among 

Peter Bury has had some experi- 
ence in other occupations besides the 
ministry. He has worked as farmer, 
salesman, painter, and carpenter. He 
worked several years on the Grand 
Coulee dam. 

His wife, Helen Irene, is from Le- 
land, Wash. She is active in chil- 
dren's work and as a pianist. They 


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A few other BSLV's missed the rally 
and the picture. 

The next Saturday, we had a Ten- 
nessee youth rally at Johnson City, 
with Limestone cooperating. They 
have a fine group of BSLV's in these 
two churches too, so we got their 
picture. Five are from Limestone, 
two from Johnson City. Left to 
right they are: Louise Kyker, Lois 
Cartwright, Betty Guinn, Wanda 
Guinn, Margaret Kyker, Glenna 
Slagle, and Patricia Henry. 

We certainly had a good time at 
this rally, and even had a preacher's 
quartet there — with Pastors RusseU 
Ogden and Earle Peer, Bro. Russell 
Barnard, and the youth director. 
Maybe soon we'll have a regular 
Tennessee district. 


During the recent Christmas hol- 
idays the students of Bob Jones 
University, Greenville, S. C, talked 
to 14,711 persons about their souls, 
and of this number 3,506 professed 
to accept Jesus Christ as their per- 
sonal Saviour. More than 206,000 
gospel tracts were distributed. Most 
of this work was done by the 1,000 
ministerial students. 

have three children: Lyla Beth, 9; 
James Peter, 4; and Robert John, 2. 
Peter Bury was born July 24, 1917, 
is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 145 
pounds, and has brown eyes and 
dark brown hair. 

In your own home, whenever you want them — 


2 Records 4 Numbers 

Tramping When the Saints Go Marching In 

Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit Let the Church Roll On 

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Winona Lake, Indiana 

March 18, 1950 


3n iMcmoriam 

It is with sadness, mingled with 
joy, that we make known the "going 
home" of our sister in Christ, Mrs. 
Belle M. Ewing. She went to be 
with the Lord on February 8. Had 
she tarried here until March 25, she 
would have reached the age of 91. 
Most of those 90 years was spent in 
true Christian service. 

Early in the spring of 1900 there 
was a division of thought in the 
church located on Clemmer Street 
and a few members were asked to 
leave the congregation. Sister Ewing, 
her husband and children, were 
among these. Having no place to 
worship, they met in the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Ewing for faithful wor- 
ship services. Later they purchased 
a small church on Conover Street. 
It is from these "faithful few" that 
our present First Brethren Church 
in Dayton originated. Later others 
left the Clemmer Street church and 
united with these, as did some from 
the Church of the Brethren on Col- 
lege Street. 

Sister Ewing had been a faithful 
Sunday school teacher for quite a 
number of years, having taught chil- 
dren of various ages as well as 
adults. Many have been influenced 
not only by her teaching but by her 
example. She served her blessed 
Lord well in her church as deacon- 
ess as well as Sunday school teacher, 
in her home, and in all public con- 
tacts. We miss our Sister Ewing, 
even as we have missed her during 
her long illness, but we know with- 
out doubt that she was ready and 
waiting to hear her Saviour call her 
to her eternal home. — William A. 
Steffler, pastor. 


So many orders for "The Road 
Ahead," by John T. Flynn, have 
been received by the American 
Council of Christian Churches that 
they request that further orders be 
sent direct to Committee for Con- 
stitutional Government, Inc., 205 E. 
42nd St., New York 17, N. Y. Money 
should accompany orders (50c per 
copy), and it should be stated that 
the one placing the order is a mem- 
ber or friend of the American Coun- 



Now I know it isn't polite to 
eavesdrop (that means listening to 
conversations not meant for you), 
but when it comes to news about our 
foreign missionaries, I'm all ears. I 
love to hear about them. Don't you? 

Want to know what I overheard? 
Sure, I knew you did. This is it. 
Aunt Naine received a letter from 
France. So she shared it with her 
neighbor. And I listened while she 
read it to her. 

The Brethren Church sent seven 
new missionaries to France so they 
can learn the French language real 
good. Then from there they will go 
to Africa to join our other wonder- 
ful missionaries. 

Aunt Naine had a letter from Ruth 
and Roy Snyder. And this is what 
I heard — Ruth and Roy go to school 
25 hours a week. In all their classes 
the teachers speak French. Imagine 
that! (How would you like to go 
to a class where the teacher didn't 
speak any English?) In the school 
where they go, there are about 120 
other missionaries learning to speak 
French. Not all of them are from 
the United States. Some are from 
Egypt, Australia, Italy, Germany, 
Spain, Norway, Sweden, and China. 

Of course our missionaries are in 
France to learn the language — but 
all work and no play wouldn't be 
good for them, would it? So I was 
real glad when Aunt Naine read to 
her neighbor that Ruth and Roy 
took a trip to Switzerland. Roy 
wrote, "Everything in Switzerland 
was so much like home, as there was 
lots of good food and we could buy 
so much more than in France. We 
stayed in Switzerland for two days 
at a Bible school in Beatenberg. In 
that school there were students from 
10 different countries. We took a 
lot of pictures, but haven't had them 
developed yet." (Roy, Penny and 
her friends would like to see some 
of those.) 

Life in France isn't like we have 

in America. Prices aren't the same, 
food is different, etc. One day Roy 
had a cough. So he thought he 
would buy a nickel box of Smith 
Brothers cough drops. But in France 
they cost 42c. Poor Roy just had to 
cough until Aunt Elsie here in 
America sent him a box. 

Now when Ruth had a birthday 
they had a party. And one of her 
most cherished gifts was a box of 
kleenex! She was real thrilled with 
it because there is no kleenex in 
France. (You boys and girls know 
what a cold is like without kleenex.) 

No, Ruth and Roy aren't alone in 
these experiences. Marybeth Munn, 
Mary Cripe, Clara Schwartz, and 
Charles and Pauline Sumey are 
there, too. Some of these mission- 
aries live in a hotel on the seventh 
floor, with no elevator. On Sunday 
evening our Brethren Seven get to- 
gether on the seventh floor for a 
good American supper and a wor- 
ship service. The long struggle up 
to the seventh floor is worth it all 
for the evening of fellowship. 

Thank you, Aunt Naine, for letting 
me eavesdrop in on your letter. I'll 
tell the boys and girls to pray harder 
for our "seven new Brethren mis- 
sionaries" in France. 


Under a new program at West 
China Union Theological College, all 
students in training for full-time 
Christian service are now taking 
agricultural courses at the univer- 
sity. Young women of the commu- 
nity are taught weaving, and a 
course in midwifery is being given. 
These courses are designed to qual- 
ify students for remunerative tasks 
acceptable to the new regime, which 
they may have to do in addition to 
preaching and teaching. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

March 18, 7950 




MARCH 25, 1950 

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(At Office of tfte Architect, Fort Wayne, Indiana) 

Standing (left to right) — Miles Taber, Cleve Miller, F. B. Miller, Bernard Schneider, Herman Hoyt, Paul Bauman, 
L. L. Grubb. Seated — Architect A. M. Strauss, Alva J. McClain. 

On March 9-10 a joint meeting of the Seminary Building and Executive Committees was held here at Winona 
Lake. Members of the Building Committee present were Cleve Miller, Alva J. McClain, Miles Taber, L. L. Grubb, 
F. B. Miller, and Bernard Schneider. Members of the Executive Committee present were W. A. Ogden, A. V. 
Kimmell, L. S. Bauman, Cleve Miller, F. B. Miller, and Alva J. McClain. Meeting with the two committees 
were H. W. Koontz, pastor of the local church and Seminary trustee, and H. A. Hoyt and Paul R. Bauman, ad- 
ministrative officers of the Seminary. Bids from various contractors were considered at length and a local com- 
mittee was charged with the duty of awarding the contracts most advantageously to the Seminary. This will be 
done in a few days, and then the figures will be made known, probably by March 22. It can be said, however, 
that the most favorable bids are not running beyond our former general estimates. We are glad to report also 
that the entire group of the brethren present feel greatly encouraged and are united in the task ahead. The 
meeting was unusual for its wide representation; not only were all four of our major church boards well repre- 
sented, but all four presidents of these boards participated in the discussions and decisions. All those present 
agreed that the most important task for the entire church just now is the erection of this new building and all 
pledged their utmost in cooperation to this end. Alva J. McClain, president. 



1. The expression "the law," as used in Matthew 5:17 
and in other places in a doctrinal sense generally refers 
to the first five books of the Old Testament, and partic- 
ularly to that code of laws — moral, civil, and ceremonial 
— divinely given to Israel through Moses, and of which 
the Sermon on the Mount is in part an expression. 

2. This law of God is an indivisible unity. Although 
upon analysis different elements appear in this one law, 
it is unscriptural to divide it into two laws, the one 
moral and the other ceremonial. "For whosoever shall 
keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is 
guilty of all" (Jas. 2:10). "For I testify again to every 
man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the 
whole law" (Gal. 5:3). "Whosoever therefore shall break 
one of these least commandments, and shall teach men 
so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven" 
(Matt. 5:19 — verse 17 shows clearly that the reference 
here is to the total Mosaic law). The Apostle Paul care- 
fully preserves this unity in his reference to the law. 
"This distinction between the moral and ceremonial law 
has no meaning in Paul" (Exp. Grk. N. T.). Those who 
insist upon taking any part of the Mosaic Law as a legal 
code must take it all. 

3. This one law carries as an integral part of it the 
appropriate penalties for its violation. The law emascu- 
lated of its penalties ceases to be "law" in the New Tes- 
tament juridical sense. It has no legal authority. It 
becomes merely a code of suggestions with no legal 
sanction. That the law cannot thus be isolated from its 
penalties is clear from Galatians 3:10 — "For as many as 
are of the works of the law are under the curse." As 
Daniel Webster once observed, "A law without the pen- 
alty is simply good advice." To call it "law" is a mis- 
nomer, and can only confuse the minds of God's children. 

4. The true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, there- 
fore, is not "under the law" in any sense as a means of 
salvation, or of any part of salvation. The Christian is 
not under the law as a way of justification. "By the 
deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified" (Rom. 
3:20). The Christian is not under the law as a way of 
sanctification. "Sin shall not have dominion over you: 
for ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Rom. 

5. As Christians, "we? are delivered from the law" 
(Rom. 7:6); we "are become dead to the law by the body 
of Christ" (Rom. 7:4); Christ has "abolished in his flesh 
the enmity, even the law of commandments contained 
in ordinances" (Eph. 2:15); "blotting out the handwrit- 
ing of ordinances . . . and took it out of the way, nailing 
it to his cross" (Col. 2:14). The law was a "yoke," says 
Peter, "which neither our fathers nor we were able to 
bear" (Acts 15:10). And Peter warns in the most solemn 
way against putting this "yoke" on the necks of Chris- 
tian disciples. "Christ is the end of the law for right- 
eousness to every one that believeth" (Rom. 10:4). Dis- 
pensationally, "the law was given by Moses, but grace 
and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). And the 
dispensation of the law ended at Calvary, not at the 
birth of Christ (Col. 2:14; Heb. 10:9-14). "The law is a 
unity and is done away as a whole" (Exp. Grk. N. T.). 

6. The law can give to us a "knowledge of sin" (Rom. 
3:20), but there is no help in the law for us who are 
sinners, whether believers or unbelievers. The law is 
"against us" and "contrary to us" (Col. 2:14). Although 
"glorious" from a moral viewpoint, the law is "the min- 
istration of death, written and engraven in stones" (II 
Cor. 3:7). Hence for the believing sinner, it had to be 
"done away" (3:11). "What the law could not do" for 
us, God has done through Christ (Rom. 8:3). "The law 
worketh wrath" (Rom. 4:15). "The law is not of faith" 
(Gal. 3:12). With regard to salvation, the way of law 
and the way of grace are two totally different ways, 
absolutely opposed to each other (Rom. 4:4, 5; 11:6). 
And these two ways cannot be combined (Rom. 4:14-16). 

7. Christian salvation has three tenses — it is past, 
present, and future — and this total salvation is by the 
grace of God and by grace alone. We are saved by 
grace (Eph. 2:8); elected by grace (Rom. 11:5); justified 
by grace (Rom. 3:24); we believed through grace (Acts 
18:27); we are built up by grace (Acts 20:32); we stand 
in grace (Rom. 5:2); victory over sin is by grace (Rom. 
6:14): our spiritual gifts are by grace (Rom. 12:6); our 
labor for Christ is by grace (I Cor. 15:10); a godly life 
is by grace (II Cor. 1:12); our Christian giving is by 
grace (II Cor. 8:6, 7) ; our call into the Christian ministry 
is by grace (Eph. 3:7, 8); our comfort and hope is by 
grace (II Thess. 2:16); it is grace that teaches us what to 


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deny and how we should live (Tit. 2:11, 12); it is grace 
that helps us in time of need (Heb. 4:16); all that we are 
as Christians is by grace (I Cor. 15:10); and this grace 
of God is sufficient not only for every present need and 
emergency of the Christian life (II Cor. 12:9), but also 
for the future (I Pet. 1:13). Any return to "the law" is a 
dep>arture from the grace of God (Gal. 5:4), and any 
departure from this grace of God is really "another gos- 
pel" which is no gospel at all Eind is under the curse of 
God (Gal. 1:6-9). 

8. Any attempt to put the Christian "under the law" 
is dangerous both spiritually and morally. The law not 
only cannot bring victory, but it is certain to bring moral 
and spiritual defeat — "the strength of sin is the law" (I 
Cor. 15:56). "When the commandment came, sin re- 
vived" (Rom. 7:9). The entire seventh chapter of Ro- 
mans is a stern warning against the error of putting the 
Christian believer under the law as a rule of life for the 
purpose of attaining holiness. The result can be nothing 
but defeat and utter despair. The Christian life begins 
by grace through faith apart from the law, and it must 
continue in the same way. To teach otherwise is utter 
foolishness according to the Book of Galatians (see 

9. In affirming that the Christian believer is not "un- 
der the law," we are not rejecting any part of Scripture 
as the Word of God for us (as we are sometimes slander- 
ously accused). The law in its totality — including both 
the moral and ceremonial elements — is a part of the 
Scriptures, and "all scripture is given by inspiration of 
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for cor- 
rection, for instruction in righteousness" (II Tim. 3:16). 
The Old Testament law of the offerings, for example, sets 
forth a very precious foreshadowing of the grace of God 
in Christ. Hence the moral element of the law ought 
never be lifted out of this context of grace and set up 
over the Christian as a "ministration of death." For it 
was this very moral element of the law that Paul found 
to be an incitement to sin — "when the commandment 
came, sin revived," he says, and the commandment under 
discussion was, "Thou shalt not covet" (Rom. 7:7-10). 

10. Furthermore, we are convinced that in teaching 
even the New Testament, it is unscriptural procedure, 
and therefore unwise, for us to lift the New Testament 
moral requirements of God out of their context in grace 
and to preach them as a legal code as a means of sancti- 
fying the flock of God. The whole of the law of God can 
be summed up in one word — Love — the love of God and 
of our neighbor; and the basic axiom of all Christian 
preaching and holy living is "we love him, because he 
first loved us" and "If God so loved us, we ought also to 

love one another" (I John 4:19, 11). Let us not, even 
unwittingly, depart from this way of God. 

11. We deplore the fact that many professing Chris- 
tians are not living as Christians should live. But we 
also know that the remedy for this shameful situation is 
not to turn from grace back to the law. The way of law 
has been demonstrated historically as utterly powerless 
to make men good. "The law made nothing perfect" 
(Heb. 7:19). That is why the grace of God appeared in 
Christ — to do "what the law could not do" (Rom. 8:3). 
The remedy for sin is not more law but more grace. 
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" 
(Rom. 5:20). 

12. We understand that wherever the Gospel of God's 
grace is preached, there may be some who wUl use this 
good news of gi-ace as a license to continue in sin, thus, 
as Jude writes, "turning the grace of God into lasciv- 
iousness." But even in the case of such men, the basic 
trouble was not that they had broken the moral law (in 
this sense all have sinned), but rather that they were 
"denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ." 
They were "ungodly men," not saved men at all, "or- 
dained to this condemnation" (see Jude 4). Distressing 
as such cases are, it wUl do no good to change our mes- 
sage from grace back to law. Such a retreat can only 
deepen the disaster. 

13. We also know that wherever the Gospel of God's 
grace is truly preached, the preachers will sooner or 
later be charged slanderously with teaching Antino- 
mianism. It was so in the ministry of the Apostle Paul 
(Rom. 3:8). It cannot be otherwise with those who fol- 
low him. Therefore, we need not be surprised to be 
thus slandered. But we are detennined, in the face of 
all this, that our Gospel of salvation from sin by grace 
shall not be abridged nor diminished. The remedy for 
sin is not the Ten Commandments, nor the Sermon on 
the Mount, nor even the moral will of God. The only 
remedy is the grace of God in Christ. The most power- 
ful urge to a holy life comes not as we stand at Sinai, 
but as we stand at the Place of the Skull and behold the 
Lamb of God dying in our stead for our sins. This is the 
true fount of holy living for all who believe. 

14. This Gospel of the Grace of God is not a danger- 
ous doctrine. But anything else is dangerous, for the 
simple reason that only grace in Christ can break the 
power of sin. "The strength of sin is the law. But 
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Cor. 15:56, 57). 

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ 
hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the 
yoke of bondage" (Gal. 5:1). 

(Note: The Covenant of Faith which is a part of the 
legal charter of Grace Theological Seminary, and which 
is signed annually by members of the Board and its 
Faculty, declares that "a victorious and fruitful Christian 
life is possible only for those who have learned they are 
not under law but under grace (Rom. 6:14)." To make 
entirely clear the position of Grace Seminary as to this 
vital matter, and our determination to speak plainly 
against all tendencies which would modify in any respect 
the Gospel of God's Grace, the statement on "Grace and 
Law," which appears above, was prepared by the admin- 
istration, discussed at length by all concerned, adopted 

unanimously as in harmony with our "Covenant of Faith" 
by all m,embers present of the Seminary Executive Com- 
mittee, and approved without reserve by each member of 
the Faculty, and by other trustees aij-d members of the 
Building Committee present, as follows: The Executive 
Committee — W. A. Ogden, A. V. Kimmell, L. S. Bauman, 
Cleve Miller, F. B. Miller, Alva J. McClain. The Fac- 
ulty — Alva J. McClain, Herman A. Hoyt, Homer A. Kent, 
Robert D. Culver, Paul R. Bauman, Conard K. Sandy. 
Other trustees present — Herman W. Koontz, Miles Taber. 
Other members of the Building Committee present — 
L. L. Grubb, Bernard N. Schneider. 

March 25, 1950 



HOMER A. KENT, JR. Reporter 




Camera enthusiasts 

Feb. 10— The First-Year Collegiate Class held a party 
in the lounge of the Crystal Dairy Bar in War- 
saw. The seminary and collegiate faculty were guests. 
Homer Miller, president of the class, directed the games. 
An attempt was made to "stump" the seminary profes- 
sors at "Twenty Questions," but 
they finally identified Jehu's char- 
iot. Refreshments and a devo- 
tional period followed. 
Feb. 12 — Northern Indiana was 
swept by an ice storm 
which snapped power lines, upset 
communications, broke tree limbs, 
and made streets and walks dan- 
gerously slick. Ten days later 
Winona Lake was blanketed with 
a six-inch snowfall, followed by 
another of equal amount the next 
day. This was the largest snow- 
fall in this area for several years 
took advantage of the photographic opportunities. Some 
students experienced for the first time the chore of 
trudging through the drifts. After several days of dig- 
ging automobiles out of drifts, wet feet, and general in- 
convenience, the novelty was wearing off. 
Feb. 14 — Rev. Ebenezer G. Vine, general secretary of 
the Regions Beyond Missionary Union, ad- 
dressed the chapel. He also spoke to the missionary 
prayer group on the preceding evening. Being from 
London, he emphasized the strategic importance of 
America as a base for missionary operations, since fur- 
ther expansion from England is prohibited by the gov- 
Feb. 17 — The Junior Class relaxed at the Crystal Dairy 
Bar for an evening of fun beginning at 6:00 
p. m. Group games occupied the first part of the pro- 
gram. The guests had dinner at 7:30, following which 
more games were played. Impromptu skits portrayed a 
faculty member, a student, and a song. Devotions were 
led by Maynard Tittle. Bill Smith, social chairman of 
the class, was master of ceremonies. Forty-two persons 

were present. 
Feb. 21 — Rev. O. W. Stucky, evangelist from Detroit, 
Mich., spoke to the faculty and students. He 
is engaged in an evangelistic campaign at the First Bap- 
tist Church of Warsaw. 
Feb. 22 — Mr. and Mrs. Al Zahlout presented a musical 
program to the student body. Brother Zahlout, 
an outstanding Christian violinist, gave his testimony 
and thrilled his listeners by his arrangements of gospel 
songs. Mrs. Zahlout accompanied her husband at the 

piano and played several solos. 

Feb. 23-26— Dr. McClain spoke at the annual Erieside 

Midwinter Bible Conference at Cleveland, 


Feb. 24 — The single students of the seminary have 

formed a Sunday school class at the Winona 

Lake Brethren Church. An organizational meeting and 

social was held at the pastor's home on Feb. 24. Officers 
elected were: Tom Inman, president; Ruth Hall, secre- 
tary-treasurer; Ruth Reddick, social chairman. The 
group chose Professor Culver as teacher, and Dr. Mc- 
Clain as assistant teacher. Games and refreshments 
filled out the evening. Bill Smith especially enjoyed 
playing "Barber Shop," but he won't say why! 
Feb. 26 — Many of the students are aiding the local 
church in canvassing the community for pur- 
poses of personal evangelism. The town has been 
mapped and divided into sections, and teams have been 
formed to visit the homes. Jack Whitcomb is chairman 

of the visitation program. 
March 1 — Chapel speaker was Rev. Virgil C. Finnell, 
editor of the National Prohibitionist. The 
headquarters of the Prohibition National Committee are 

at Winona Lake. 
March 8 — Chapel was addressed by Rev. John M. Aeby, 
who is conducting evangelistic meetings at 
nearby Leesburg. His subject was "God's Faithfulness, 

the Foundation of a Fruitful Ministry." 
March 9 — Dr. Paul Bauman continued his weekly pres- 
entation of pictures taken on his world trip. 
The chapel hour on Thursdays has been set aside for 
this purpose in recent weeks. Pictures have been shown 
of many areas of India, and of the Dyak tribes in Bor- 
neo. Every student has been impressed by the need of 

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right) Homer Miller, president; Haven Hill, treas- 
urer; Doris Davis, social chairman; Lois Hall, secre- 
tary. (Not pictured: Herman Hein, rice president.^ 


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By BLAINE SNYDER, B.D., Librarian 

In Hebrews 6:19 we read these words, "Which hope 
we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, 
and which entereth into that within the veil." What- 
ever else these words may teach, they surely imply one 
thing, namely, that for the Christian there is such a 
thing as saving hope. The substance of the message is 
presented through the metaphor of the anchor. As we 
consider the anchor for a brief time there are two sug- 
gestions which we should like to make. These may be 
axiomatic, yet they warrant a reemphasis. 

1. The anchor must be fixed to a worthy object. It 
matters little how modern the machinery on board might 
be, if no place can be found for the anchor. If its flukes 
do not grip securely the ship will drift with the winds 
and the tides. This same principle is true in our spir- 
itual experience. We must have something upon which 
we can fasten ere the storm of life breaks upon us. 

The world is filled with man-made methods of sta- 
bilizing and securing life. Our political, social, eco- 
nomic, and military philosophies come to mind just now. 
With reference to the last one named we have already 
fought two wars to end war, but where are we now? 
Men's hearts are failing them for fear of what shall be — 
not tomorrow, but even yet today. This is the kind of a 
world the genius of man has succeeded in producing. 
Now, all our confidences seem about to be pulverized 
by an H-bomb. Our earthly hopes, what are they? 
They are mere dreams which may have satisfied the 
imagination, but prove feeble indeed as we face the 
realities of life. 

Is there then no place of refuge, no one to whom we 
can turn in absolute confidence? Is all vanity and vex- 
ation? Is there nothing upon which we can depend in 
the midst of the change and decay which surrounds us? 
The text before us suggests the answer. Jesus Christ is 
the anchorage for the soul. He and He alone is "both 
sure and stedfast." The word "sure" means safe (Phil. 
3:1), certain, one that will not fail. Nowhere else can 
you find one who is free from all the imperfections and 
weaknesses which are characteristic of the objects about 
us. Anchor your life to Christ and you will be secure. 

The sphere, the place of our hope, it should be noted, 
is "within the veil." Just as our affections are not to be 
set on things of this earth, even so our hope cannot be 
fixed on things of this age. The natural man, looking 
upon things which are seen, sets his hope upon them. 
He depends upon his works, his job, his friends his 
possessions, for his security. He does not realize that the 
world and all its desires are passing away (I John 2:17) 
and that all those whose lives are being spent for things 
of this world will pass with it. But the chUd of God 
finding nothing in this visible world which will give him 
stability and safety, looks to the invisible, the spiritual 
■word for help. And there, looking afar off, he beholds 
his Lord, whose presence within the veil is the guaran- 
tee that some day he will be there also. 

2. The anchor must be securely fixed to its object. 

The most immoveable rock on the ocean bed would be 
no security for a ship if the anchor did not firmly grip it. 
It is this attachment which secures the safety of the ship. 
Even so, all that we know of Christ, His great grace. His 
love. His faithfulness, mean nothing to us unless we are 
firmly attached to Him. This security is not attained by 
our admiration, by our ambition, by our atttitudes, but 
by faith. Our love may grow cold, our zeal may wax 
and wane, but the faith which comes from God will re- 
main unshaken regardless of the changing circumstances 
of life. The faith which is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8) will 
inseparably anchor your soul to the "Rock of Ages." 

As we close our brief study there are three thoughts 
which we would leave for meditation and application, 
(a) The anchor does not stUl the storm, it secures the 
ship while the storm rages. In like manner, becoming 
one with Christ is no guarantee that we shall not face 
trials and temptations. We read that through much 
tribulation we must enter the kingdom (Acts 14:22). But 
our confidence is this — these trials will not shake us 
loose from our mooring, (b) When in contact with the 
right kind of anchorage, the stronger the winds blow the 
more securely the anchor grips. The trials of the Chris- 
tian are disciplinary, not retributive, so they bring him 
closer to the Lord rather than driving him away, (c) 
The only safe, steadfast anchor for sinners is Jesus 
Christ. He alone can secure your safety in this life and 
guarantee your security in the life which is yet to come. 
Just what are you hoping will preserve you in the day 
of calamity? Is it your position, your property, your 
philosophy? Or is it Jesus Christ? Cast in your anchor 
when the sea is calm, you will need it to lean on when 
the storm comes. 


The late Dr. George CrUe, noted surgeon of Cleve- 
land, Ohio, once said, "Worry affects the digestion. Sud- 
den excitement cuts off digestive action and peptic ulcer 
results when the orderly emptying of the stomach is 
affected." The famous surgeon also declared that to- 
bacco smoking would aggravate the condition. 

If you wish to avoid this dread affliction of the stom- 
ach, don't smoke and don't worry. 

Dr. Crile said that peptic ulcer is found only in civi- 
lized man, particularly in those men who carry great 
responsibilities and are constantly driving themselves. 

There is both spiritual and physical health in the 
Word of our Lord, "Be not anxious for your life, what 
ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for the body, 
what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than food, and 
the body than the raiment? . . . Which of you by being 
anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?" 
(Matt. 6:25-27 ASV). 

Worry not only cannot add, but actually takes away 
from the full measure of life. — Alva J. McClain. 

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Practical Theology in Operation 

DR. HOMER A. KENT, Professor of Practical Theology 

Since writing an article some weeks ago in these col- 
umns on the subject "Some Things the Pastor Should 
Never Forget," the writer has been led to consider a few 
other things which relate definitely to a successful pur- 
suance of the pastor's work. Since ofttimes these things 
are carelessly overlooked by men in the pastorate, the 
writer makes bold to speak of them in the hope that 
every minister who reads these words wUl check on his 
own faithfulness in these matters. For it may easily be 
that success or failure will hinge upon the attitude as- 
sumed toward them. 

In the first place, every pastor should be careful in 
the matter of keeping all of his appointments. The Lord 
Jesus Christ, whom he is expected to follow in the pas- 
toral relationship, is his example in this regard. Our 
Lord always kept His appointments. Before He came 
to this earth He had an appointment with sinning men 
to come to provide for their redemption. Thus "in the 
fulness of time He came." He was not late or early in 
His coming. He came at just the right time. And on 
through His earthly ministry He was always on time in 
His work. We read in Matthew, chapter 28, verses 16 
and 17, of the appointment He kept with the 11 disciples. 
It was on "a mountain where He had appointed them." 
This appointment was fraught with tremendous conse- 
quences. He also has future appointments with men 
which He will surely keep. Even now He is keeping the 
appointments He has made for man's spiritual welfare. 

Surely Christ's under-shepherds ought to follow the 
example of their leader in this matter and exercise all 
possible care to be faithful and prompt in both his pri- 
vate and public appointments. There are the private 
appointments which every minister needs to keep daUy 
with his Lord in "the audience room." There are the 
appointments which he has agreed with himself to keep 
each week-day in his study. How sorely he needs to 
keep these in order that he may be able to feed properly 
the souls of them who are under his care! Then there 
are the business appointments with men of the world. 
There are interviews which have been arranged to help 
needy individuals in their spiritual experience. There 
are committee meetings in the church. There are social 
engagements. In keeping all of these appointments no 
faithful pastor will want to merit the reputation of being 
the late Rev. Mr. Doe! Some ministers are said to have 
three hands: a right hand, a left hand, and a little behind 
hand. They are consistently late to everything. Then 
usually if ministers are careless in the matter of such 
appointments as we have mentioned, they are also care- 
less in the matter of starting and closing their public 
services. Moreover, carelessness in the matter of min- 
isterial appointments is usually reflected in carelessness 
in other spheres of his activity. The minister above all 
persons should not be "slothful in business" (Rom. 12: 
11), but "diligent" (Prov. 22:29). 

Furthermore, every pastor ought to maintain a vital 
interest in the work of his denomination. The Scrip- 
tural basis for this is the fact that the church is the body 
of Christ. This imolies close fellowship in work as well 
as in worship. A minister ought to be in a denomina- 
tion or group that is true to the Word of God if possible 
and then he has a definite responsibility to support it in 

every way possible, to keep informed as to its various 
agencies of service, its boards with their officers and 
plans, to attend its conferences, to see that his church 
sends delegates to these conferences, and to do all with- 
in his power to see that his church co-operates with all 
the efforts of the denomination to forward the work of 
Christ. The work of Christ is a co-operative affair and 
should be so conceived by the pastor. In no sense will 
a faithful pastor seek to isolate himself or his congrega- 
tion in these matters. Such an attitude can only retard 
the work of the church, foster disunity, and grieve the 
Spirit of God. 

Then, too, every pastor ought to seek to be impartial 
in the treatment of his membership. This has a tremen- 
dously important bearing upon pastoral success. The 
pastor is called to be the under-shepherd of the whole 
flock, not just a particular section of it. It is a sign of 
weakness when it becomes evident that the pastor is 
playing favorites with a certain group in the church. It 
is a fine thing when a pastor is a splendid worker among 
young people, or efficient as a leader of children, or has 
special abilities in handling the mature business men of 
his church. But no pastor should allow himself to be- 
come so attached to one group in his church that he neg- 
lects the other groups. If the young people need the 
pastor's careful attention so also do those who are trav- 
eling down the western slope of life need comfort and 
instruction. If the children of the pastor's parish need 
his love and direction so also do those of maturer years 
who are bearing the burden and heat of the day. What 
we are endeavoring to say is that the pastor should seek 
to be the pastor of every group in his church. None 
should be neglected. And so the pastor needs to pray 
for a proper interest in each of these groups and for 
the best wisdom as to how to deal with each one. A good 
shepherd ministers to the needs of the whole flock, to 
the sick as well as the healthy members, to the unattrac- 
tive as well as the attractive. 

Finally, the pastor needs to learn to take criticism 
without becoming angry or sour. The size of a man can 
pretty well be determined at this point. The mark of a 
small man is his inability to take criticism in a con- 
structive way. If criticism is justified, the minister 
ought to thank God for it and pray His help to profit by 
it. He will be a bigger and better man. If it is not 
justified, he ought to ask God for grace to bear it and 
keep on smiling, remembering Him who endured such 
awful criticism for us wihout becoming angry or bitter. 


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the Gospel in these regions across the sea. The con- 
trast between Christian natives and pagans is evident 
in their faces, and is a clear testimony to the power of 

March 10— Rev. G. K. Megahey, missionary to Nigeria, 

spoke before the student body chapel. He is 
working under the Sudan Interior Mission, and at pres- 
ent is one of the speakers at a missionary conference in 
Milton Dowden's church at Mentone. 


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Report of Gifts to Grace Theological Seminary 


Name and city or church Receipt No. Amt. 

Winona Lake, Ind. — 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent 731 $25.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa — 

Miss Mary Emmert 732-B 100.00 

William Langholz 733-B 5.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (1st) — 

Mr. C. T. Belt 734 100.00 

Flora, Ind. — 

John Murray 735-B 20.00 

Wilbur Pickett 736-B 6.00 

Conemaugh, Pa. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hunt 737-B 100.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Plunk 738-B 5.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa — 

Mrs. Dale Wineland 739-B 4.00 

Indio, Calif. — 

Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Link 740-B 100.00 

Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Link 741 100.00 

Harrah, Wash. — 

M. E. Lindblad 742 100.00 

Rev. Robert L. Williams 743 20.00 

Troy, Ohio — 

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Car